Democrats and their media allies are in a frenzy to have President Donald Trump concede the 2020m presidential election to former Vice President Joe Biden.
And on Friday when Michigan lawmakers, who are responsible for assigning the electors who will go to the Electoral College and vote for president, they began spinning conspiracy theories about why the president summoned them, BizPac Review reported.
But when the Michigan lawmakers released their readout of the White House meeting it appeared that none of their fears of a hostile takeover of the electors were substantiated.
“The President of the United States extended invitations to us on Wednesday evening. We each accepted his invitation as we would accept an invitation from any sitting President if asked to meet at the White House. We were proud to be joined by our colleagues to represent Michigan in our nation’s capital,” the lawmakers said.
“We used our time in the White House to deliver a letter to President Trump making clear our support for additional federal funds to help Michigan in the fight against COVID-19. We have since sent the same correspondence to congressional leaders.
“Months ago, Michigan received funds through the federal CARES Act, and we used that funding to quickly support front line workers, improve testing, ensure adequate PPE, provide additional support to out-of-work Michiganders, and deliver assistance to local businesses that are struggling through no fault of their own. We once again face a time in our state when additional support would go a long way to help those same residents who need our help.
“We highlighted our commitment to appropriating further federal dollars to Michiganders most in need as we continue to deal with the impact of COVID-19. We also emphasized our commitment to fiscal responsibility in the state budget as we move forward,” they said before getting to the election.
“The Senate and House Oversight Committees are actively engaged in a thorough review of Michigan’s elections process and we have faith in the committee process to provide greater transparency and accountability to our citizens. 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,” they said.
And that part of the statement is important. They said they had “not yet been made aware” of evidence of fraud but they “are actively engaged in a thorough review of Michigan’s elections process.”
This would appear to mean that they have not dismissed the idea that there could have been fraud and are still involved in investigating it before they decide on how to award the electors.
“Michigan’s certification process should be a deliberate process free from threats and intimidation. Allegations of fraudulent behavior should be taken seriously, thoroughly investigated, and if proven, prosecuted to the full extent of the law. And the candidates who win the most votes win elections and Michigan’s electoral votes. These are simple truths that should provide confidence in our elections,” they said.
That is a far cry from saying “there is no fraud and we are awarding the electors to Biden.” It is also not close to “there is fraud and we are awarding the electors to Trump.”
What it is, is a group of lawmakers who have vowed to do their job with no fear nor favor. It also is far from the theft some thought was going to take place at the meeting.
You've probably read that great @TheAtlantic piece about how some GOP-controlled state legislatures in swing states might help Trump steal the election by replacing electors.
So I broke down where Democrats really need to worry about it
and why https://t.co/2iwl3KEEMm
— Fiddler (@cFidd) September 25, 2020
@Richard_Primus is right. And even if the MI lawmakers do meet with Trump. they’d better make 100% clear that they’re not even considering doing Trump’s bidding in violation of MI law and in defiance of the rights and wishes of MI voters. https://t.co/P1h4zixbIZ
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) November 20, 2020
History has come for Speaker Chatfield and Senator Shirkey, who have been summoned to the White House, ahead of Monday’s State Board of Canvassers' meeting meant to certify Michigan’s results.
These two men will soon have to choose between our democracy, and fealty to one man.
— Rep. Elissa Slotkin (@RepSlotkin) November 19, 2020