Trump campaign withdrawing lawsuit over election results in Michigan

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Posted at 10:32 AM, Nov 19, 2020

(WXYZ) — The Trump campaign announced Thursday it is dropping its lawsuit over the election in Michigan.


According to a statement from Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, the campaign wanted to stop the Wayne County results from being prematurely certified.

“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," Giuliani said in a statement.

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On Tuesday, the Wayne County Board of Canvassers certified the election after two Republican members changed course. Originally, they voted against certifying the election.

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Then, late Wednesday night, both Monica Palmer, the chair of the board, and William Hartmann, filed signed affidavits demanding to rescind their "yes" vote to certify the election results.

The Secretary of State's office said there is no legal mechanism for Palmer and Hartmann to rescind their vote. The next step in the process is for the Board of State Canvassers to meet and certify.

Two Wayne County Board of Canvassers look to reverse decision again after certifying election results

The Associated Press reported Thursday that Trump reached out to both of the Republican members of the Wayne County board.

On Tuesday, both Hartmann and Palmer caused the board deadlock on the vote to certify the election, but changed course after hours of public comment. Both say they were pressured into changing their votes, and said they'd vote to certify if there was an audit.