Trump reportedly didn't directly pressure MI lawmakers in 'unprecedented meeting'
Nov 22 2020
The lawsuit specifically takes issue with the campaign's effort to overturn the results of the election in MI by blocking the certification of results in Wayne County - home to Detroit - and attempting to "intimidate" and "coerce" state and local officials into replacing electors. Hours later, Trump tweeted, "Big voter fraud information coming out concerning Georgia".
Trump summoned a delegation of the battleground state's Republican leadership, including the Senate majority leader and House speaker, in an apparent extension of his efforts to persuade judges and election officials to set aside Biden's 154,000-vote margin of victory and grant Trump the state's electors. Trump wrote on Twitter.
After a series of court defeats, the Trump campaign is trying to convince Republican-controlled legislatures in battleground states won by Mr Biden to set aside the results and declare Mr Trump the victor, according to three people familiar with the plan.
Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger certified results reported by the state's 159 counties that show Biden with 2.47 million votes, President Donald Trump with 2.46 million votes and Libertarian Jo Jorgensen with 62,138.
While the Biden Campaign has said "the United States government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House", and former President Barack Obama joked in a late night show about Navy Seals going in to evict Trump from the White House, the U.S. national security establishment and the military has so far steered clear of any hint of interference should the President decide to dig in.
Mr Trump's legal team has already said it plans a lawsuit in the state, but has not provided specifics.
Biden is the first Democrat to carry Georgia since 1992.
"Central to this strategy is disenfranchising voters in predominately Black cities", the suit alleges. And the candidates who win the most votes win elections and Michigan's electoral votes.
More than 78 per cent of Detroit residents are black, according to United States census data.
The Trump campaign's latest tactic is to convince Republican-controlled legislatures in battleground states won by Biden to set aside the results and declare Trump the victor, according to three people familiar with the plan.
Senior Republicans have remained largely silent about Trump's unsubstantiated claims of election fraud or have defended his right to seek redress, but several voiced doubts on Friday. Ben Ginsburg, a long-time GOP election lawyer who has criticized Trump's actions throughout the election process, said the meeting was "unprecedented", adding that "there's been nothing close to this situation" in terms of a sitting president trying to interfere with a state's certification process.
Critics say the delay and Trump's refusal to concede have serious implications for national security and the fight against the coronavirus, which has killed almost 255,000 Americans.