Michigan attorney general looks at criminal charges for state officials who would overturn election results
Wayne County Board of Canvassers Republican members William Hartmann (left) and Republican Chairperson Monica Palmer (right) were contacted by Donald Trump after agreeing to confirm the county's election results. (AP)
Michigan's attorney general is reportedly investigating whether officials are breaking the law in acting on orders from Donald Trump to block the certification of Joe Biden's victory in the state.
The Washington Post reported that Democrat Dana Nessel is one of many officials who have become increasingly concerned about the president's attempts to influence the outcome of the state elections.
The publication cited anonymous sources close to the Attorney General.
Michigan was in the spotlight earlier this week when two Republican board members on an advertising committee in Wayne County refused to confirm the 2020 election results. After a public backlash, officials relented and agreed to confirm the results.
Mr Trump called officials Tuesday night after which they tried to withdraw their vote to confirm the election.
Wayne County is home to the city of Detroit. The refusal to certify the results would lead to democratic and disproportionately black voters in particular throwing away their legally cast ballot papers.
Mr Trump's appeal wasn't the only effort he made to sway Michigan lawmakers. Four Michigan Republicans flew by lawmakers to Washington DC on Friday to meet with the president.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the meeting was a standard meeting between lawmakers and Mr Trump and had nothing to do with the election. The protesters, convinced Mr. Trump would try to pressure officials to select loyal voters to cast their votes in the electoral college in his favor, hit Washington DC lawmakers with signs reading "Shame".
After the meeting, Michigan lawmakers issued a statement saying they had "not yet been informed of any information that would change the outcome of the Michigan election, and as lawmakers we will obey the law and go through the normal process." Regarding Michigan's voters, just like we said during this election. "
The night after their meeting, lawmakers were photographed visiting a bar at the Trump Hotel and drinking Dom Perignon, which sparked criticism on social media.
According to sources speaking to the Washington Post, the attorney general is investigating whether any of the state officials are involved in bribery, perjury, or conspiracy.
Mr. Biden leads Mr. Trump in Michigan with more than 150,000 votes. In Michigan, a recount can only be triggered if the gap between candidates is 2,000 or less. Since the Trump campaign cannot use a recount to change election results, the campaign appears to focus on ballot invalidation.
According to the MLive.com website, in an attempt to prevent Michigan from certifying the state in favor of Mr. Biden, the GOP National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel and Michigan Republican Chair Laura Cox have joined the Board of State Canvassers State asked to confirm the election results.
The heads of state and government asked the board to adjourn for two weeks to allow a full review and investigation of "numerical anomalies and credible reports of procedural irregularities".
The GOP's recent efforts appear to be in response to Mr Trump's apparent failure to pressure Michigan lawmakers to intervene in the elections on his behalf.
According to the Detroit News, Michigan's Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said her office will eventually conduct an audit of Wayne County and other areas for signs of irregularities, but she cannot do so until the state certifies the results as they have first after certification, access to the legal documents she would need for the request.
Michigan election officials say they see nothing that could overturn Biden's victory
GOP asks Michigan not to confirm the election results
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