Trump summons Michigan GOP leaders for extraordinary meeting

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President Donald Trump summoned Michigan's Republican legislative leaders to the White House for an extraordinary meeting Friday amid a long shot GOP push to subvert the democratic process that handed the battleground state to Democrat Joe Biden.
DETROIT —

Two people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press that Trump invited Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield. They agreed to go, according to a state official aware of the leaders' plans. The two officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were discussing private conversations.

It was not immediately clear what the meeting would be about. Neither Shirkey nor Chatfield commented.

The Legislature would be called to select electors if Trump succeeds in convincing the state's board of canvassers not to certify Biden's 153,000-vote victory in the state.

Both Shirkey and Chatfield have indicated they will not try to overturn Biden's win.

"Michigan law does not include a provision for the Legislature to directly select electors or to award electors to anyone other than the person who received the most votes," Shirkey's spokeswoman said last week.

Michigan Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, left, and Republican House Speaker Lee Chatfield announced a lawsuit to combat the coronavirus pandemic orders at the Capitol building in Lansing on May 6.

Also Thursday, state officials said Michigan's largest county cannot revoke its certification of election results after two Republicans who approved Biden's local landslide wanted to revert to their initial stance of refusing to bless the vote tally.

The GOP effort to change position represented another complication in what is typically a routine task. Monica Palmer and William Hartmann, the two Republican canvassers in Wayne County, said they only voted to certify the results after "hours of sustained pressure" and after getting promises that their concerns about the election would be investigated.

"We deserve better — but more importantly, the American people deserve better…
ED WHITE, DAVID EGGERT, ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press
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