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Trump team says it's won hearings in Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania legislatures on voting concerns

The hearings will be held "in an effort to provide confidence that all of the legal votes have been counted and the illegal votes have not been counted in the November 3rd election."

Updated: November 25, 2020 - 3:38pm

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President Trump's campaign legal team announced Tuesday that the legislatures in Arizona, Michigan and Pennsylvania will soon hold election-related hearings.

They will be held "in an effort to provide confidence that all of the legal votes have been counted and the illegal votes have not been counted in the November 3rd election," according to a press release.

However, Arizona and Michigan legislative officials have pushed back on the announcement that they will hold hearing directly related to the campaign's concerns.

The Michigan Senate said Wednesday that a chamber committee will hold a hearing next week – but that it was previously scheduled and will focus on voting counting in Detroit. A spokeswoman for the the leader of the GOP-controlled chamber told the Detroit Free Press the hearing is "not at all related to Trump." 

The Michigan House also said Wednesday that the chamber has not scheduled a Trump related hearing for next week, despite what the reelection campaign might have suggested.

The Pennsylvania Senate will hold a hearing on Wednesday at which Rudy Giuliani will speak, the team said. Senators involved in the hearing will deliver 5-minute opening statements and people who have filed affidavits alleging election fraud will deliver testimony.

Next week, the Arizona legislature's hearing will occur on Monday and the Michigan legislature's hearing will take place Tuesday.

"State Legislatures are uniquely qualified and positioned to hold hearings on election irregularities and fraud before electors are chosen," the press release said. "As established in Article 2, Section 1.2 of the United States Constitution, State Legislatures have the sole authority to select their representatives to the Electoral College, providing a critical safeguard against voter fraud and election manipulation."

In Arizona, neither House Speaker Rusty Bowers, R-Mesa, nor Senate President Karen Fann, R-Prescott, have scheduled or approved any such hearing.

 

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