Michigan lawmakers who met with Trump say they see nothing to change election outcome

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Members of the Michigan state Legislature's Republican leadership who met with President Donald Trump at the White House Friday afternoon said they haven't seen any evidence that would change the fact that President-elect Joe Biden won their state.

"We have not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in Michigan and as legislative leaders, we will follow the law and follow the normal process regarding Michigan's electors, just as we have said throughout this election," Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield said in a joint statement after their meeting with the President.

It was a blow to Trump, who had invited the lawmakers to the White House this week, as he seeks to subvert the will of voters in a long-shot effort to overturn the results of an election he lost. The President's efforts to pressure local leaders, which earned sharp criticism even from some Republicans, come as his legal team's options to challenge election results in states he lost are rapidly evaporating and as states move to certify their election results.

Michigan is scheduled to certify its election results Monday afternoon, and the GOP lawmakers who met with Trump on Friday committed to letting that certification process play out and undercut the false claims of nationwide voter fraud that Trump and his allies have continued to peddle.

"Michigan's certification process should be a deliberate process free from threats and intimidation," the lawmakers said in their statement. "Allegations of fraudulent behavior should be taken seriously, thoroughly investigated, and if proven, prosecuted to the full extent of the law. And the candidates who win the most votes win elections and Michigan's electoral votes. These are simple truths that should provide confidence in our elections."

A person familiar with Friday's meeting said the session was cordial as the group explained to the President the process for certifying the election and assigning electors in their state.

Trump did not apply any overt pressure on the lawmakers to try and shift electors from Biden to himself, or to prevent the vote from being certified, the person familiar with the…
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