Wisconsin recounts begin in 2 Democratic counties at Trump request

Trump Campaign Senior Legal Advisor Jenna Ellis speaks as Trump campaign advisor Boris Epshteyn reaches out to former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani personal attorney to US President Donald Trump during a news conference in Washingt

Georgia, where Governor Brian Kemp certified the presidential election results on Friday in favour of projected President-elect Joe Biden, had discovered 2,750 ballots that had not been included in the original countr in Fayette County amid the state's audit of the 2020 presidential election.

But if he expected them to parrot the president's line and publicly support efforts to overturn election results in MI - which Biden won by 155,000 votes - he was mistaken.

On Monday, the president-elect expressed frustration over Trump's refusal to cooperate on the White House transition process, saying "more people may die" of coronavirus without immediate coordination on fighting the pandemic.

Rick Hasen, an election law expert and professor who has been meticulously chronicling the 2020 race, wrote that there would be "rioting" in the streets if an effort was made to set aside the vote in MI, calling it tantamount to an attempted coup.

It is profoundly depressing we still have to discuss this. That was during Reconstruction, when Republicans grabbed the presidency for OH governor Rutherford Hayes with brute political force by pressing Congress to steer the result in Hayes' favor.

"We have not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in MI", the state's Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield said in a joint statement after meeting Trump.

"We have not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in MI 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", they said.

But Trump has taken the muscular use of office in a different direction, using it to literally bully fellow Republicans into backing his personal political ambitions and go along with his false claims that the election was stolen from him in a broad and unproven conspiracy that has been widely debunked and repeatedly rejected in court. Raffensperger said the hand tally confirmed Biden's victory.

The two GOP officials eventually agreed to certify the results.

When President Teddy Roosevelt called the presidency a "bully pulpit", he meant it was a powerful perch to advocate for a policy agenda. Trump is also building a new fundraising juggernaut as he fights the election results.

Bloomberg first reported the news.

Trump's effort to set aside the MI vote was sure to fail. Trump added to that damage on Tuesday when he fired his top cybersecurity official responsible for securing the election, Chris Krebs, who had said his team of federal government experts had not seen any signs of electronic votes being changed.

"I would just say I'm formalising the certification".

The Michigan Legislature would be called on to select electors if Trump succeeded in persuading the board not to certify the results.

Susan Collins, the ME senator, said for Mr Trump to contest election irregularities, "the right way is to compile the evidence and mount legal challenges in our courts".

Trump's play for MI was among a series of last-ditch tactics in battleground states that his team is using to challenge his defeat.

Recounts in Wisconsin's Milwaukee and Dane counties got underway Friday at the request of the Trump campaign.

Trump was expected to make the same objections in Milwaukee County ahead of a court challenge once the recount concludes.



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