The Memo: Trump plows ahead with efforts to overturn election | TheHill

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A full two weeks after President-elect Joe Biden was projected as the clear winner of the 2020 el...
A full two weeks after President-elect Joe Biden Joe BidenOutside groups flood Georgia with advertising buys ahead of runoffs Biden will receive @POTUS Twitter account on Jan. 20 even if Trump doesn't concede, company says Trump to participate in virtual G-20 summit amid coronavirus surge MORE was projected as the clear winner of the 2020 election, the nation is steaming toward a collision.

President Trump Donald John TrumpBen Carson says he's 'out of the woods' after being 'extremely sick' with COVID-19 Biden will receive @POTUS Twitter account on Jan. 20 even if Trump doesn't concede, company says Trump to participate in virtual G-20 summit amid coronavirus surge MORE, far from moving toward an acceptance of his defeat, has intensified his efforts to overturn the results.

But that effort is running up against the clock — and against legal and political realities.

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Georgia certified its results Friday, after a hand recount affirmed that Biden had carried the state. Two other crucial states won by Biden, Michigan and Pennsylvania, have Monday deadlines pertaining to their results.

In an extraordinary intervention, Trump invited the two most senior Republicans in the Michigan state legislature to the White House on Friday.

The move was widely seen as an attempt to pressure the two politicians, state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and state House Speaker Lee Chatfield, toward bucking the will of the voters and appointing their own slate of Trump-friendly electors to the electoral college.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany denied there was anything nefarious about the effort at a press briefing Friday. She claimed the confab was "not an advocacy meeting" and that the president "routinely meets with lawmakers from all across the country."

In a joint statement after the meeting, Shirkey and Chatfield pledged that they would "follow the law and follow the normal process regarding Michigan's electors."

The White House meeting came…
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