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Trump maintains unproven 'massive' fraud claim as Michigan lawmakers depart his hotel

By Craig Mauger and Melissa Nann Burke, The Detroit News on

Published in Political News

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump reiterated his unproven claim that there was "massive voter fraud" in Michigan's election on Saturday, a day after he met with Republican lawmakers from the state at the White House.

In Saturday morning tweets, as multiple Michigan lawmakers departed the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., the president responded to a joint statement put out by House Speaker Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake. Their Friday statement suggested the lawmakers used the meeting to focus on COVID-19 relief and not the certification of Michigan's election results.

Chatfield and Shirkey said they have "not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in Michigan," which President-elect Joe Biden won by 154,000 votes.

"Massive voter fraud will be shown!" Trump tweeted at about 8:15 a.m. Saturday morning in response to a post by Chatfield.

With the eyes of the nation on them and criticisms flying from Democrats, seven Michigan lawmakers traveled to meet with Trump for about an hour on Friday. The visit came as supporters of the president have moved in recent days to overturn the results of the state's election.

Trump's campaign has been claiming that there are enough "illegitimate ballots" in the state to swing the results, but the campaign hasn't provided evidence that would suggest the type of widespread fraud it's alleging. And a Wayne County judge has labeled the campaign's claims "not credible."

 

The Board of State Canvassers is scheduled to meet Monday to potentially certify the statewide tallies, which would validate the current results. The states have until Dec. 8 or the "safe harbor" day to certify their results or invite court or congressional intervention.

Chatfield and Shirkey said they highlighted during the White House meeting their desire to see "further federal dollars" appropriated for Michigan as the state deals with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The lawmakers also said fraudulent behavior in the election should be taken seriously and the candidates "who win the most votes win elections and Michigan's electoral votes."

"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," Chatfield and Shirkey said.

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