National and state Republicans have mounted a last-ditch effort to keep Michigan's Board of State Canvassers from certifying results from the presidential election.
The Republican National Committee and the state Republican Party want the board to adjourn for 14 days to investigate alleged irregularities in Wayne County, the state's largest and home to Detroit. They then opted to support them, before again changing their minds and filing affidavits to rescind their support. He called the request to delay the certification 'out of bounds'.
"At this time, no evidence of widespread misconduct or fraud has been reported, and judges initially appointed by both Republicans and Democrats have found allegations of widespread fraud to be wholly meritless", he added. She announced last week the state plans to conduct a risk-limiting audit after certification.More news: Cincinnati Bengals place RB Joe Mixon (foot) on injured reserve
The complaint also outlines that on Friday, Trump called a meeting of Republican lawmakers from MI to meet with him and his campaign lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who has also spent the past week lambasting votes from Detroit as illegitimate. The state is among a handful where the Trump campaign has filed legal challenges.
The state Board of Canvassers is set to meet Monday where it could certify the results.
Other Republicans like U.S. Rep. Fred Upton also sounded off on Sunday. Gary Peters, made a similar request for a delay to the board Friday.More news: Fitbit Sense, Versa 3 Better SpO2 Monitoring With Fitbit OS 5.1 Update
But, they warned that to ignore the irregularities would "foster feelings of distrust among Michigan's electorate".
Though the MI lawmakers who met with Trump on Friday said that they "have not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in MI", the Washington Post reports that the state's Attorney General Dana Nessel is exploring whether they could be charged with a crime if they participated in the president's attempt to interfere in the state's electoral process, a violation of state law.
Following the Friday afternoon meeting with Trump and his legal team, the MI legislative officials said they found no "evidence that would "change the outcome of the election". Back in August, both parties at their fall conventions adopted a slate of electors and they made a decision to play the game that says 'you run your election and the person with the most votes gets their electors selected for the electoral college'". After the meeting, the two state legislators said they "have not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in MI".More news: Singapore-Hong Kong air travel bubble postponed