Michigan GOP lawmakers heckled on arrival for White House meeting

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State Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and other Republican Michigan lawmakers were greeted at the D.C. airport by protesters holding signs that said "Shame"
Republican state lawmakers from Michigan meeting with President Donald Trump on Friday were greeted at the Washington, D.C. airport by protesters yelling "certify the vote" and holding signs that said "Shame."

About 20 demonstrators awaited state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and other lawmakers as they arrived at Reagan National Airport. The White House meeting comes as Trump's lawyers call for state legislatures to name Trump electors in states won by Joe Biden.

"The entire election, frankly, in all the swing states should be overturned, and the legislatures should make sure that the electors are selected for Trump," campaign lawyer Sidney Powell told Fox Business on Thursday.

A state GOP leader said Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield are expecting Trump to pressure them to overturn the election results based on unproven claims of fraud and irregularities in Detroit. They intend to tell him that while they will pursue probes into "irregularities and potential fraud to avoid future situations," they will uphold Michigan law, which calls for the winner of the vote to get the state's 16 electors, the Republican said.

Biden won the state by almost 160,000 votes.

"I'm sure the president is going to try to convince them to do this," the leader said of overruling state certification and appointing their own electors, but "I find it hard to believe" they would go along with it.

Michigan's winner-take-all rule precludes the legislature from appointing electors, he said. That means the legislature would have to pass a new law and the Democratic governor would have to sign it.

"Legally, they don't think they have any actual legal options. It legally cannot happen in Michigan. That's what they're going to tell the president," he said.

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