AG tells Michigan GOP chair to go to authorities, not Legislature

    Susan J. Demas

    Attorney General Dana Nessel blasted on Thursday state House Oversight Committee Chair Matt Hall (R-Marshall) for for “using tax dollars” for his Wednesday night hearing featuring President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani.

    Although Michigan’s election has been certified for President-elect Joe Biden, Republicans have continued to hold legislative hearings alleging election irregularities that have not been substantiated. Giuliani also asked lawmakers to appoint their own electors for Trump, which is illegal under Michigan election law.

    “You have embarrassed our state and defamed Michigan’s most populous city,” Nessel wrote, referring to Hall.

    During the hearing, Hall let Giuliani take the unusual step of questioning witnesses, none of whom were under oath and who made claims that did not hold up in several court hearings. Like the Senate Oversight Committee hearing on Tuesday, only Republican witnesses were allowed to testify — no Democrats or election officials.

    After the hearing, Hall issued a statement that “it was important to hear from these people – who were courageous to come in and share their stories publicly – and glean information about what can be done to make our state’s elections run more smoothly in the future.”

    The Democratic AG also said Thursday that Michigan GOP Chair Laura Cox should either denounce these statements or take any “evidence” of election law violations to her office, U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider or Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy.

    Cox, a former state House member, is married to GOP former Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox, who, like Nessel, previously worked in the Wayne County prosecutor’s office.

    Nessel questioned why Laura Cox wouldn’t go to Schneider, a Trump appointee who worked under Nessel’s predecessor, GOP Attorney General Bill Schuette.

     

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    Susan J. Demas is a 19-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.