Republican leaders in the Michigan legislature who met with President Trump at the White House on Friday announced they would “follow the law” when it comes to certifying Joe Biden’s win in their state, a blow to President Trump’s hopes of overturning the election results.
TOPSHOT – Plymouth Township Supervisor Kurt Heise and Michigan State Representative Lee Chatfield(R) … [+] watch as US President Donald Trump arrives at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport May 21, 2020, in Romulus, Michigan. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
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In a statement released after their meeting with Trump – which raised concerns they may go back on their initial pledges not to block certification – the lawmakers said they have “not been made aware” of information that would “change the outcome of the election in Michigan.”
Instead, the statement said, they will “follow the law and follow the normal process regarding Michigan’s electors, just as we have said throughout this election,” which means they will not heed Trump’s wish of overturning Biden’s 3-point victory.
After losing the vast majority of his lawsuits, succeeding only marginally in others and failing to produce evidence for his claims of widespread fraud, Trump has resorted to putting pressure on state officials to block certification.
In what appeared to be a shot at Trump, or at least at the suggestion they would assist Trump with his