Claiming against all odds that a path to victory remains viable, and facing pushback from fellow Republicans alarmed by his effort to overturn results, Trump invited MI lawmakers to the White House on Friday as part of a bid to subvert the will of voters in key states. "As we did for the presidential transition in 2017, this process is being done in close consultation with the National Archives and Records", the company said in a statement on Saturday.
The meeting at the White House, just days away from Michigan's election certification deadline, was criticized as being an inappropriate attempt by the president to interfere while his campaign lawyers seek to overturn election results in the state.
The Republican legislators stood firm, saying they would honor the election's outcome. "Allegations of fraudulent behavior should be taken seriously, thoroughly investigated, and if proven, prosecuted to the full extent of the law".
Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield said they would be vigilant in making sure the process is fair but added they saw no evidence that was likely to give Trump a win in the state where Biden leads by more than 150,000 votes. "These are simple truths that should provide confidence in our elections".
Trump has yet to concede because he feels he is the real victor of the election, claiming that voter fraud took place.
While President Donald Trump is well within his rights to challenge the preliminary results in court, GSA Administrator Emily Murphy has arguably abused her authority by not allowing Biden's team to access the funds.
CNN and other outlets projected Biden won the race almost two weeks ago, when Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes put Biden above the 270 needed to become president.