Trump announces Michigan public hearing on election, but lawmakers say it’s not true

President Donald J. Trump talks to members of the press on the South Lawn of the White House Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 | Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian via Flickr Public Domain

President Donald Trump’s campaign said the Michigan Legislature will hold a public hearing on the election next week, but the state’s GOP leaders said that’s not going to happen.

In a statement Tuesday, the campaign said legislatures in Arizona, Pennsylvania and Michigan, three key states in the Nov. 3 election which Democratic President-elect Joe Biden won, would hold hearings “in an effort to provide confidence that all of the legal votes have been counted and the illegal votes have not been counted.”

According to the campaign, the hearing in Michigan is scheduled for Tuesday. But according to Michigan lawmakers, there is no meeting scheduled. 

“The House is in next week anyway. But the Oversight committee won’t be meeting,” House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) spokesperson Gideon D’Assandro said. “The president’s legal team has been invited to submit written testimony instead.” 

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey spokesperson Amber McCann said Shirkey “has no plans for the Trump campaign to participate” in the scheduled hearings after Thanksgiving.

But this doesn’t mean Michigan GOP lawmakers aren’t still investigating the legitimacy of the state’s election. 

On Nov. 7, The Senate and House joint oversight committees met and voted to subpoena the state Bureau of Elections to produce documents focused on events leading up to the Nov. 3 general election and have since held two hearings on the issue.

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According to Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson spokesperson Aneta Kiersnowski, the deadline for a presidential election recount request is 4:34 p.m. Wednesday, but there are currently no requests filed. 

The statement from Trump’s campaign also stated that the state legislature has the “sole authority to select their representatives to the Electoral College, providing a critical safeguard against voter fraud and election manipulation.”

However, Chatfield and Shirkey have both stated they wouldn’t go against the will of the people and Michigan law, and that the state’s 16 electors will go to the winner of the popular vote.

Biden won the state by over 150,000 votes. 

Michigan has a winner-take-all system when it comes to electoral votes and state law states that the Legislature doesn’t have a role in the post-election process, like certifying election results or appointing electors.

Monday’s highly anticipated Board of State Canvassers meeting, which is usually seen as a procedural step in the state’s election process, was flooded with nearly 35,000 viewers watching the meeting’s livestream on YouTube and thousands of people registered for public comment. During the meeting, three of the four members voted to certify the statewide election results, with one Republican member, Norm Shinkle, abstaining from the vote.