House Speaker Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, said in a joint statement after meeting with President Donald Trump on Friday they had not been made aware of any information that would overturn Joe Biden’s win in Michigan.
“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,” Chatfield and Shirkey said.
“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.”
The statement comes after widespread speculation the state’s Republican leaders would discuss with the president intervening in the process of selecting electors, which they do not have a role in under Michigan law.
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The statement does not say whether Shrikey and Chatfield discussed this matter with Trump.
But they did discuss COVID relief efforts, they said in the statement.
“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,” Shirkey and Chatfield said.
“…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.”
Gov. Whitmer, too, has called on the federal government for additional COVID-19 relief.
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In the letter, the GOP leaders write separately and ask for federal aid to health care systems and personnel, additional unemployment assistance and relief for Michigan businesses working to ensure safe workplaces.
They wrote separately from the governor, they said, because businesses have worked hard to stay safe and “subjecting these businesses to another round of government-mandated shutdowns will likely result in the permanent shuttering of some establishments and contribute to a lengthy decline in Michigan’s economy.”
MDHHS Director Robert Gordon, a member of Whitmer’s administration, recently issued orders requiring remote work when possible and shuttering some business, like indoor dining at restaurants.
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The legislature has offered no plan of their own to address the immediate surge in COVID-19 cases. Shirkey has focused his attention on public service announcements, while Chatfield has said he is open to a mix that includes statewide mandates but wants Whitmer to engage with the legislature on what those might be.
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