The Trump campaign withdrew its lawsuit in Michigan challenging ballot results which currently show Democratic Joe Biden with a narrow lead.
“This morning we are withdrawing our lawsuit in Michigan as a direct result of achieving the relief we sought: to stop the election in Wayne County from being prematurely certified before residents can be assured that every legal vote has been counted and every illegal vote has not been counted,” said Trump campaign legal director Rudy Giuliani.
The decision comes after a pair of Republican election board members in Wayne County, home to Detroit, rescinded their decision to certify election results.
In an extraordinary turnabout that foreshadows possible legal action, the two GOP members of Wayne County’s election board signed affidavits Wednesday night alleging they were bullied and misled into approving election results in Michigan’s largest metropolis and do not believe the votes should be certified until serious irregularities in Detroit votes are resolved.
The statements by Wayne County Board of Canvassers Chairwoman Monica Palmer and fellow GOP member William C. Hartmann rescinding their votes from a day earlier threw into question anew whether Michigan’s presidential vote currently favoring Democrat Joe Biden will be certified. They also signaled a possible legal confrontation ahead. …
Their pronouncements come just 24 hours after a chaotic meeting in which the county’s election board initially failed to certify the Nov. 3 election results during a 2-2 deadlocked vote when both Palmer and Hartmann voted against certification. But after hours of contentious public comment and criticism — including Democratic allegations of racism and threats against their safety — the two GOP members struck a deal to certify the elections in return for a promise of a thorough audit. …
Both GOP board members said their concerns included discrepancies in nearly three-quarters of Detroit’s precinct poll books where ballots are supposed to be matched to qualified voters.
“I voted not to certify, and I still believe this vote should not be certified,” Hartmann said in his affidavits. “Until these questions are addressed, I remain opposed to certification of the Wayne County results.”
Palmer added in her affidavit: “I rescind my prior vote to certify Wayne County elections.”
“The Wayne County election had serious process flaws which deserve investigation. I continue to ask for information to assure Wayne County voters that these elections were conducted fairly and accurately. Despite repeated requests I have not received the requisite information and believe an additional 10 days of canvas by the State Board of canvassers will help provide the information necessary,” Palmer explained.
But wait – will it matter that these two rescinded their certification after revealing they made the initial declaration under duress?
Not according to Michigan Democratic election officials.
The office of Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson indicated that their decision to rescind their vote did not matter.
“There is no legal mechanism for them to rescind their vote. Their job is done, and the next step in the process is for the Board of State Canvassers to meet and certify,” said spokeswoman Tracy Wimmer.
This all unfolded before Giuliani, as well as fellow Trump campaign attorneys Sidney Powell and Joe diGenova dropped bombshells in a press conference detailing the legal path forward, which includes revealing how votes were manipulated, added, and stolen outright via electronic means.