MI Senate leader Mike Shirkey is on record stating the Legislature would not try to overturn Michiganders' votes by appointing its own slate of electors

“That’s not going to happen.”

👉Some important context as Trump invited MI GOP lawmakers to meet tomorrow at the WH

“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,” said Amber McCann, a Shirkey spokeswoman.

Biden won the state by nearly 150,000 votes, a margin roughly 14 times larger than Trump’s win here in 2016.

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20 Nov
NEW: MI GOP leaders issue statement on Trump meeting:

"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."

“Michigan’s certification process should be a deliberate process free from threats and intimidation. 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.”
Read 6 tweets
20 Nov
👉Why Trump can't steal the election in Michigan

“It would take a lot of people violating their duty and not standing up for the law," constitutional law prof @sbagen tells @NBCNews


1. Michigan's state board of canvassers, must under law, certify the vote after
all 83 counties have certified, says Bagenstos.

"If they don't, they'd be violating the law" and will be taken to court by literally anyone, a voter, a lawmaker, many possibilities.

"The statute that governs them says when they have the information, ‘they shall certify.’"
The legislature has no role in this.

"The courts tend to act very quickly on these post-election challenges," he said.

👉Separately from a GOP leader close to @SenMikeShirkey & @LeeChatfield:

To circumvent this, the pair would have to convince practically their entire
Read 5 tweets
20 Nov
NEW to @NBCNews

Michigan GOP lawmakers could be treading on thin legal ice with White House meeting

👉Michigan AG @dananessel to NBC: "We don’t comment on pending investigations.”

nbcnews.com/politics/meet-… via @NBCNews
Michigan's Senate Leader Mike Shirkey and Speaker Lee Chatfield are expected in Washington any minute after Trump summoned them to the White House.

The New York Times reported Trump has pressed his own advisers on using state legislatures to circumvent the popular vote.
But Michigan law is clear. According to the secretary of state: The state’s 16 representatives to the Electoral College must go to the candidate who won the popular vote.

“If I were their lawyer I would think twice about letting them put themselves in that kind of compromised
Read 6 tweets
19 Nov
NEW: MI Dems weigh in on state GOP leaders meeting with Trump tomorrow as he seeks to overturn the votes of Michiganders:

"History will judge Speaker Chatfield and Leader Shirkey on whether they choose to acknowledge the results of the election and defend our democracy, or
“Speaker Chatfield and Leader Shirkey have been summoned to the White House in a last-minute attempt to overturn the results of the election. The votes have been counted, Michiganders have spoken and they chose Joe Biden to be our next president. The continued attempts to
Read 4 tweets
6 Nov
NEW: 19 former U.S. Attorneys who served under *Republican presidents* released a statement tonight calling Trump's comments tonight about the vote "premature, baseless, and reckless."

via @JuliaEAinsley

"Unfounded allegations of fraud and threats to initiate litigation aimed at stopping the vote count are clearly inappropriate and have the potential to undermine the rule of law as it applies to our electoral process."

As a nation, we are now in the midst of one of the most

fundamental and important aspects of our constitutional democracy – the electoral process.

Whether it takes days, or even weeks, for that process to conclude, it must be allowed to take place in a way that is open, fair, and lawful, and without any improper political

Read 4 tweets
6 Nov
Such a lie about Detroit.

I was there.

There were literally over 100 observers from each party.
Mark Brewer, a Democratic attorney who was in the room in Detroit:

“The Republicans and Trump had access to that room over a course of two and a half days. Hundreds of challengers in the room watching every ballot be counted."

So many in fact, they hit COVID capacity and
the police had to intervene and block the doors.
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