Trump reportedly reached out to Michigan GOP canvassers who tried to 'rescind' vote certification

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President Trump reportedly reached out to two Republican canvassers in Michigan who attempted to prevent results in the 2020 presidential race from being certified. Two Republicans on the Wayne County Board of Canvassers, Monica Palmer and William Hartmann, earlier this week voted against certifying the election results in the county, only to reverse course. But after the board unanimously voted to certify the results, the two canvassers on Wednesday attempted to rescind their votes in favor of doing so. Prior to this attempt on Wednesday, The Associated Press reports Trump reached out to them. 'A person familiar with the matter said Trump reached out to the canvassers ... on Tuesday evening after the revised vote to express gratitude for their support,' AP writes. 'Then, on Wednesday, Palmer and Hartmann signed affidavits saying they believe the county vote 'should not be certified.'' Palmer confirmed the reporting, telling The Washington Post that Trump 'was checking in to make sure I was safe after hearing the threats and doxing that had occurred' and that they spoke on the phone on Tuesday night for about two minutes. She said they 'really didn't discuss the details of the certification.' President-elect Joe Biden was projected to defeat Trump in Michigan on the day after the election, one of a number of states Trump lost after winning there in 2016. More than two weeks after Election Day, Trump has not conceded the race to Biden and continues to push baseless allegations of widespread voter fraud. According to The Washington Post, Palmer and Hartmann claim they were 'improperly pressured into certifying the election and accused Democrats of reneging on a promise to audit votes in Detroit.' Despite their attempt to rescind their vote, the board's vice chair, Democrat Jonathan Kinloch, told The New York Times, 'That vote was final. That vote was binding.' Brendan Morrow
President Trump reportedly reached out to two Republican canvassers in Michigan who attempted to prevent results in the 2020 presidential race from being certified.

Two Republicans on the Wayne County Board of Canvassers, Monica Palmer and William Hartmann, earlier this week voted against certifying the election results in the county, only to reverse course. But after the board unanimously voted to certify the results, the two canvassers on Wednesday attempted to rescind their votes in favor of doing so. Prior to this attempt on Wednesday, The Associated Press reports Trump reached out to them.

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