Hoyer on Trump election challenges: 'I think this borders on treason'

While US President Donald Trump insists there is still a pathway to victory some Republicans are criticizing the incumbent's strategy of seeking to overturn or block election results and are acknowledging Democrat Joe Biden as the president-elect

In addition to the baseless claims, the president has also invited the leaders of Michigan's Republican-controlled state Senate and House to meet him Friday at the White House.

His efforts to override the public's will extended to other battleground states that Biden carried as well.

"These are the words and actions of an attempted coup, according to historians and other experts", the Post reports.

'We haven't ruled it out, ' Biden said. "It is profoundly depressing we still have to discuss this".

Mr Biden's lead was under 0.5% and the recount was ordered under a new state law on auditing.

'I'm confident he knows he hasn't won, ' Biden said.

Mr Biden's victory margin in the public vote overall stands at more than 5.9 million.

The president personally called two county canvass board officials earlier this week who had refused to certify the results in Wayne County, the state's most populous county and one that overwhelmingly favored Biden.

Some Michigan legislators have reported being deluged with calls and emails from Trump supporters demanding that they intervene.

There are two Republicans and two Democrats on the MI canvassing board. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, and Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, each issued statements criticizing the President's continued unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud. It was with that in mind that Trump invited the MI lawmakers. Detroit, the state's largest city, is in the county. The two GOP officials eventually agreed to certify the results, but following Trump's call, they later said they had second thoughts.

President-elect Joe Biden says he will rejoin the Paris Agreement, reversing President Trump's 2017 announcement that the US would withdraw from the worldwide effort to address climate change.


In Pennsylvania, the Trump campaign asked a judge to allow them to restore a claim they had dropped on Sunday that Republican observers were improperly blocked from watching the vote count. "I won't apologize for that".

Despite the setbacks, the Trump campaign has not abandoned its legal efforts.

Specialists on MI election law said the state Board of Canvassers is limited in scope and its primary responsibility is to certify the results.

"They have absolutely no power to investigate allegations, theories or any half-brained kind of arguments that are being thrown around", Pirich said.

The Trump team also says a new lawsuit will be filed there. Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, raised the specter of computer "glitches" that switched votes.

Democratic leaders in Congress sent a letter on Thursday to the administrator in charge of releasing transition funds, Emily Murphy, demanding that she explain why she has yet to recognize Biden as president-elect. "There is no basis for trying to overturn this".

"Far from me to question his motives, it's just outrageous what he's doing", Mr Biden said, referring to Mr Trump's legal manoeuvres to overturn the election result.

The objections were already denied by the three-member Dane County Board of Canvassers, twice on bipartisan votes.

Biden won MI by more than 150,000 votes, a margin 15 times larger than Trump's when he won the state four years ago.

Trump now wants to get even and said he is looking to get back at the Democratic Party for championing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign's Russian Federation ties, CNN reported, citing the source.

That recount would be done using scanners that read and tally the votes and would be paid for by the counties, the secretary of state's office has said. It's an open attempt to intimate election officials.

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