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Trump makes claim in response to Michigan lawmakers’ statement on Friday’s White House meeting

President Trump emphasized yet again that there was “massive voter fraud” in Michigan’s election on Saturday. He made his statements the day after he met with Republican lawmakers from the state at the White House.

As several Michigan lawmakers departed the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. on Saturday morning, they were met by hecklers and subjected to intense pressure to certify the votes in Michigan. Shortly after that, Trump took to Twitter to respond to a joint statement released by House Speaker Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake. Their Friday statement indicated that the lawmakers used the meeting to focus on COVID-19 relief and not the certification of Michigan’s election results.

The Detroit News is reporting that 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 presumptive President-elect Joe Biden allegedly won by 154,000 votes.

“Massive voter fraud will be shown!” Trump tweeted at approximately 8:15 AM Saturday morning in response to a post by Chatfield.

Seven Michigan lawmakers traveled to meet with President Trump for approximately an hour on Friday. This came about as the Trump legal team is moving to overturn the results of the state’s election.

At issue for the Trump campaign is the claim that there are enough “illegitimate ballots” in the state to swing the results in Trump’s favor. Evidence has not been produced yet due to legal proceedings. A Wayne County judge has labeled the campaign’s claims “not credible.”

The Board of State Canvassers will meet once again on Monday to determine whether the votes in Michigan will be certified. It is a four-member board with 2 Republicans and 2 Democrats. Originally, two of the members refused to certify due to voting irregularities. They were pressured and threatened and finally agreed to certify when they were promised an audit of the votes. That promise was reneged upon by state officials and the two Republican board members rescinded their votes.

Chatfield and Shirkey said they focused on their desire to see “further federal dollars” appropriated for Michigan as the state deals with the COVID-19 pandemic while they were at the White House.

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 stated.

Trump did not apply any overt pressure on the lawmakers to try and shift electors from Biden to himself, or to prevent the vote from being certified, but the President was interested in the explanation the lawmakers offered on certifying the votes.

On Saturday morning, Trump retweeted a post from Shirkey concerning the meeting.

“This is true, but much different than reported by the media. We will show massive and unprecedented fraud!” Trump wrote.

Then, he retweeted a post from Chatfield, saying, “Massive voter fraud will be shown!”

Both tweets have been labeled by Twitter as disputed claims.

Two of the seven lawmakers, State Sens. Aric Nesbitt, R-Lawton, and Tom Barrett, R-Charlotte, who were at the White House meeting, were spotted leaving the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. on Saturday morning but did not respond to questions about their meeting with Trump or whether Michigan’s election results should be certified.

Shirkey and Sen. Dan Lauwers, R-Brockway Township, did not respond to questions about the meeting as they loaded their luggage into a black SUV and left the Trump hotel. They were heckled and harassed as they got into their vehicle.

Bob Bauer, a legal adviser for Biden’s campaign, slammed the meeting.

“It’s an abuse of office,” Bauer told reporters Friday. “It’s an open attempt to intimidate election officials. It’s absolutely appalling.”

All 83 Michigan counties have already voted to certify their individual voting results.

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