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Trump election attack falters as Biden pushes ahead on transition

By Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times on

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"We have not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election," Mike Shirkey, the Michigan Senate majority leader, and Lee Chatfield, the House speaker, said in a statement after meeting Trump.

They said "allegations of fraudulent behavior should be taken seriously," but added that "the candidates who win the most votes win elections and Michigan electoral votes."

Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president's lawyer, had planned to attend the meeting but stayed away after his son, Andrew, tested positive for COVID-19. The president's eldest son, Donald Jr., also tested positive for COVID-19, a spokesman said, as the pandemic continued to sweep the nation.

Biden's lawyer called Trump's attempts to sway the Michigan lawmakers "pathetic."

"It's an abuse of office," Bauer said. "It's an open attempt to try and intimidate election officials."

Some Republicans also expressed outrage.


"Having failed to make even a plausible case of widespread fraud or conspiracy before any court of law, the president has now resorted to overt pressure on state and local officials to subvert the will of the people and overturn the election," said Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, the party's 2012 presidential nominee and the only Republican to vote to remove Trump from office during his impeachment trial in January.

"It is difficult to imagine a worse, more undemocratic action by a sitting American president," he said.

So far the president has had no success in overturning any of the election results.

A recount in Wisconsin's two most heavily Democratic counties began Friday, with Trump's campaign unsuccessfully seeking to reject tens of thousands of mail-in ballots that it said should not be counted. Biden won the state by 20,600 votes.


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