Kamis, 19 November 2020

US election live updates: November 20 - ABC News


President Donald Trump's re-election campaign is withdrawing its lawsuit disputing vote results in Michigan.


His personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani announced that in a statement a few hours ago:


"This morning we are withdrawing our lawsuit in Michigan as a direct result of achieving the relief we sought: to stop the election in Wayne County from being prematurely certified before residents can be assured that every legal vote has been counted and every illegal vote has not been counted." 


The announcement came after two Republicans who approved Joe Biden's win in the state after first refusing to confirm the vote wanted to change their minds again.


Monica Palmer and William Hartmann, the two Republican canvassers in Wayne County, said they only voted to certify the results after "hours of sustained pressure" and after getting promises that their concerns about the election would be investigated.


"We deserve better — but more importantly, the American people deserve better — than to be forced to accept an outcome achieved through intimidation, deception, and threats of violence," they said in the statement on Wednesday night.


But state officials the canvassers can't un-certify the result. Michigan's chief election officer said a post-election audit would go ahead,  but it won't be checking "mythical allegations" of fraud.

"There is no legal mechanism for them to rescind their vote. Their job is done and the next step in the process is for the Board of State Canvassers to meet and certify," secretary of state spokeswoman Tracy Wimmer said.


The President has now summoned Michigan's Republican legislative leaders to the White House for a meeting, in what's being seen as one last shot at reversing the call in Michigan.

The Associated Press is reporting that Trump invited Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield, who both agreed to go and meet. 

It's not immediately clear what that meeting would be about, but the these two politicians are among those who would be called on to select electors if the Trump campaign were to succeed in convincing the state’s board of canvassers not to certify Biden's victory.

Both Senator Shirkey and Congressman Chatfield have indicated they will not try to overturn Biden's win.

"Michigan law does not include a provision for the Legislature to directly select electors or to award electors to anyone other than the person who received the most votes," Shirkey’s spokeswoman said last week.


Reporting via AP and Reuters

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2020-11-19 19:27:00Z

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