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New report: Recording shows Donald Trump urged Michigan officials to not certify 2020 election results


DETROIT​ — Shocking new revelations have emerged about former President Donald‍ Trump’s attempts to pressure election officials in Michigan not to certify the 2020 vote totals. According​ to‌ a report by The Detroit​ News, a recording of a post-election phone call has been disclosed, in which Trump is heard‍ pressuring two ⁢election officials not to certify the ⁣results in a‌ key Michigan ​county.

The former president’s 2024 campaign has neither confirmed nor denied the legitimacy of the recording. Instead,⁢ they have insisted that all of Trump’s actions​ after ⁣his defeat to ⁢Democrat Joe Biden were taken to uphold his oath of office and ​ensure fair elections.

Despite multiple recounts and court cases confirming⁢ his defeat, Trump has continued to repeat falsehoods about⁣ the ⁤2020 election as he runs again for the White House. No evidence ⁣has emerged in a litany of federal, state, and outside investigations of voter fraud that‌ could have changed the outcome of the election.

The Nov. 17, ‌2020, telephone call included then-President Trump, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, and Wayne⁢ County elections authorities Monica Palmer⁢ and William Hartmann, both of them Republicans, The Detroit News reported. Trump told the two canvassers that they would look “terrible” if they certified results after having‌ initially opposed certification, ⁤the newspaper said.​ The two ultimately issued signed affidavits ‌asserting their⁣ opposition to ⁤certifying Wayne County’s results.

The report comes as Trump⁣ seeks the 2024 Republican nomination while grappling ‍with multiple criminal indictments, including a​ federal case and a Georgia case tied to his efforts to overturn Biden’s victory. As he campaigns for ⁣a return to ​the White House, Trump continues to repeat the lies ⁢that the⁢ 2020 election was stolen.

Biden won Michigan, with Wayne ⁣County, which includes Detroit, providing a trove of⁤ Democratic ⁢votes.​ As such, it was one of the key places Trump focused on in the weeks after Election Day in 2020.

“We’ve​ got to fight for ​our country,” Trump said on the recordings, according to The News. “We can’t let these people take our ​country away from us.”

National GOP Chairwoman McDaniel, ⁤a Michigan native, reportedly said during the call: “If you can go home tonight, do not sign it,” adding, “We will get you ‍attorneys.”

Trump is said to have reinforced the point, ⁤assuring the local officials: “We’ll take care of that.”

Steven​ Cheung, a Trump spokesman, said in a statement Friday that Trump’s actions were “were taken in furtherance of his duty as President of⁣ the United​ States to faithfully take care ​of the laws and ensure election integrity.”

“President Trump and the American people have the Constitutional right to free and fair elections,”⁢ Cheung said.

The‍ Republican National Committee’s communications office did not immediately respond Friday to a ⁣request⁢ for comment from​ McDaniel.

The ⁣new‍ disclosure ​appears⁣ to add details to communications with ​local officials referenced in the Jan. 6 committee’s final report on Trump’s actions after the 2020 election and leading up ​to the Jan. 6, 2021, ⁣attack on the Capitol by Trump supporters on the day that Congress convened to ratify the Electoral College results.

That‍ congressional report states that Trump and McDaniel ‌called Palmer and Hartmann “about 20 minutes after” the two officials had ​changed their initial votes and agreed to certify the results. “The Select ‍Committee⁣ doesn’t know what President Trump privately said on‌ that phone call,” the report states. The committee states that Hartmann,‌ at the time of the congressional inquiry, said that he was not pressured in a conversation he described as ‍involving “general comments about different states.” But the Jan. 6 committee emphasized Palmer and Hartmann’s decision, made after Trump’s call, ‍to issue the signed affidavits reasserting their original opposition⁣ to certification.

The​ Michigan call would have occurred about six weeks before another call Trump made to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. That conversation is among the ⁣key points in Trump’s indictment in Fulton County‍ that accuses the former president of a racketeering scheme to​ overturn Biden’s narrow victory in Georgia.

“I just want to find 11,780 votes, ⁢which is one more than we​ have,” Trump told Raffensperger⁣ in that call. ‌”Because we won the‌ state.”

Georgia counted its votes three times before certifying Biden’s win by a 11,779-vote‌ margin.

A recording of Trump is also at issue in a Florida-based federal case accusing the former ‍president⁢ of mishandling classified information after ⁣leaving the White House. In that case, prosecutors allege that⁣ in a July 2021 interview, Trump showed people, who were working on a book about his former ​chief of staff Mark Meadows, classified information about a Pentagon plan of attack on an‌ unspecified‌ foreign‍ country.

“These are ​the papers,” Trump says in a moment that seems to indicate he’s holding a secret Pentagon document. “This was done by the military, given to me.”

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  1. Disagree There may be multiple interpretations of the recording, and we should await further analysis before drawing any conclusions.


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