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‘It cannot be done’: Biden lawyer says Michigan electoral plot can be unconstitutional

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President-elect Joe Biden’s legal professional dismissed President Donald Trump’s anticipated assembly with Republican officers from Michigan on Friday, arguing that any effort to strain lawmakers to assist Trump electors is “doomed to failure.”“The harm is real. But there is absolutely no chance Donald Trump can be successful in what it is he’s trying to do,” stated Bob Bauer, a senior advisor for Biden who labored as White House counsel underneath Barack Obama.Republican leaders of the Michigan House and Senate have been scheduled to satisfy with Trump on Friday because the president continues his long-shot bid to retain the presidency by overturning election ends in key states similar to Michigan.Trump’s attorneys have pushed a doubtful authorized technique of getting Republican-controlled state legislatures in states like Michigan that Biden gained select their very own slates of Trump electors as a substitute of electors for Biden.White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany informed reporters the president “routinely meets with lawmakers all across the country.””It is not an advocacy meeting,” she stated Friday at her first press briefing in 50 days. “There will be no one from the campaign there.”More: Election 2020 reside updates: Georgia election official says ‘numbers do not lie’, is ready to certify Biden victoryBauer stated the electoral plot can be unconstitutional, arguing state legislatures are obligated to decide on electors primarily based on the favored votes of their states and that going in opposition to the desire of the voters would additionally violate residents’ proper to vote.“No state legislature in our country’s history – ever – has done what Donald Trump is apparently agitating for the Michigan state legislature to do, which is to ignore the result of a popular vote election … The reason it’s never happened before is it cannot be done.”More: President-elect Biden names 4 White House staffers, together with administrators for legislative affairs and personnelStory continuesHe added: “This kind of pressure, this raw political pressure is obviously outrageous.”Bauer also described a Republican press conference a daily earlier led by Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani as “ludicrous” and “absolutely comic.”Giuliani and other attorneys claimed Thursday without proof they had evidence of “voter fraud” and scolded the media for not presenting it, though no court has yet agreed and legal analysts across the political spectrum have predicted that various lawsuits are going nowhere.”The election is over,” Bauer said, arguing that even Republicans close to the president recognize it.Michigan’s state board of canvassers, which includes two Democrats and two Republicans, is set to take up the certification of the state’s election results on Monday. Biden defeated Trump in Michigan by 156,003 votes.The electoral college, made up of 538 electors nationwide chosen by voters in each state, meets Dec. 14 to formally cast their votes for president. Congress meets Jan. 6 to count the electoral votes and declare the winner of the presidential election.U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., who represents the Kalamazoo area, has already congratulated Biden on winning the election. He said he hadn’t spoken to the Michigan state lawmakers meeting with Trump.”I’ve not seen any proof of fraud that might overturn 150,000 and a few votes,” Upton told reporters Friday at the U.S. Capitol. He predicted the state legislature wouldn’t have the votes to override Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on choosing electors. “That’s only a useless finish.”Bauer knocked the entire panoply of Trump efforts to overturn the election, including lawsuits in Pennsylvania and attempts to block certification of the votes in Georgia and Wisconsin – but he added that none of them would work.”It’s an abuse of workplace, it is an open try to intimidate election officers, it is completely appalling,” Bauer said. “Having stated all that, it is going to be unsuccessful.”This article initially appeared on USA TODAY: Michigan electoral plot by Trump is unconstitutional, Biden lawyer says

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