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Defying Trump, Michigan GOP Leaders Vow To Certify Election Results

A White House meeting on Friday had observers spooked all day as it appeared to be a part of President Donald Trump's attempt to hold on to power despite losing the 2020 election to President-elect Joe Biden. But by Friday evening, it appeared the meeting had wrapped up with Trump no closer to his goal — and he was perhaps even farther from it than ever.

Trump met with Michigan's State Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and Speaker of the State House of Representatives Lee Chatfield, two leading Republicans in the legislature. This was highly disturbing, because the president and his campaign have focused on Michigan as one of the key Biden states to contest. Earlier in the week, two Republican officials on a county board tried to block certification of Detroit's (heavily Democratic) votes, a move quickly celebrated by the Trump team. The Republicans relented and certified the vote, but they subsequently recanted and tried to withdraw their certification (though that move seems to have failed.) One of the officials admitted that she had spoken for Trump before reversing her position on certification.

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