“Michigan, national GOP seek to delay certification of election results”

Detroit News:

The Michigan and national Republican parties have asked the Board of State Canvassers to delay certification of the state’s election results in a bid to investigate “anomalies and irregularities” alleged to have occurred in Michigan’s Nov. 3 election. 

Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman Laura Cox and Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel asked the state to conduct a “full, transparent audit” before certification, noting other states like Georgia “have taken discretionary steps” in determining their results.

The Board of State Canvassers is scheduled to meet Monday to consider certification. 

The request from Cox and McDaniel came the morning after Michigan Republican lawmakers met with President Donald Trump at the White House for an hour. 

In a statement after the meeting, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield suggested the lawmakers used the Oval Office meeting to focus on COVID-19 relief and not the certification of Michigan’s election results.

Chatfield and Shirkey also said in their statement that 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.

But Trump responded on Twitter Saturday morning to the lawmakers’ statement by reiterating his unproven claims that there was “massive voter fraud” in Michigan’s election. 

Trump retweeted a post from Shirkey about the meeting, saying, “This is true, but much different than reported by the media. We will show massive and unprecedented fraud!” Trump wrote. 

Through a spokeswoman, Shirkey declined to comment on Trump’s tweet Saturday.

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