Trump talks to Michigan lawmakers in vote battle

President Donald Trump sought to leverage the power of the Oval Office on Friday in an extraordinary attempt to block President-elect Joe Biden's victory by meeting with a pair of Republican Michigan lawmakers (Nov. 20)

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ZEKE MILLER: You know, in the White House, sort of the party line at the White House is that this is just the president wanted to meet with state legislators. He does that every once in a while. But happening at this point, you know, two months before his term ends, a couple of weeks after he lost the election and while Michigan still hasn't certified its results, indicates a different motive is in play here.

The statewide Board of Canvassers is expected to certify those results for the full state on Monday. If they don't, there will certainly be legal challenges, but that could send the fight for a deal-- who will get the state's electors to the Michigan legislature. And that is, you know, when you talk to White House officials, that is the real reason. Real reason for this meeting is the president's trying to influence and show-- sorry-- build up some support for himself among those Republicans who could potentially swing those electors his way.

Right now, the way this is going to play out, the likeliest course will be that, Monday, the state Board of Canvassers will certify the state's election results. And this entire thing will be for nothing, will be for naught. It will just be an inappropriate meeting at an inopportune time.