Canvasser balks at certifying results, then relents.— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) November 19, 2020
Canvasser receives call from Trump.
The next day, canvasser tries to rescind her vote to certify.https://t.co/NQxGSKko6q
Palmer and Hartmann said in their affidavits that they believed they had a firm commitment to an audit. But Palmer says in her affidavit that Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) later said she didn’t view their resolution asking for an audit as binding.“I felt misled,” Palmer told The Post earlier on Wednesday, before signing the affidavit. “I stand firm in not certifying Wayne County without the audit.”Kinloch, though, said Palmer and Hartmann knew exactly what they were agreeing to on Tuesday, and the board has yet to even formally ask Benson for the audit.Palmer “knew it wasn’t binding,” Kinloch said. “We just voted yesterday.”Kinloch said he and Palmer texted each other into the early hours of Wednesday, with the Democrat explaining he had support across the board for the request. But he said Palmer was aware he had not been able to directly reach the secretary of state’s office on Tuesday night.He said the two also communicated about the need to prepare a joint letter to the secretary of state to ask for the audit.
Trump campaign dismisses its own Michigan lawsuit in latest courtroom flop https://t.co/to8SCbVXk1— Raw Story (@RawStory) November 19, 2020
“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,” said Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani in a statement.The two Republican members of the board on Wednesday night tried to rescind their votes to certify the Wayne County results, but many legal experts say it is too late for them to stop certification from being approved.“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,” a spokesperson for the Michigan secretary of state said.
But the "strategy" only makes sense in FoxNews World.
The two members signed affidavits, a "legal document" in the eyes of non-lawyers, but actually worse than useless as anything except a statement you have sworn is correct. A piece of legal flummery, for the most part. Certainly without the power to undo an official action. Their objections, at best, are on record. Beyond that, nothing has changed. Except the Trump campaign has dropped yet another lawsuit it obviously knows it cannot win. The only upside is, this lawsuit can't be a vehicle to the Supreme Court now.
Rudy Giuliani's court bid to overturn Biden's victory turns to farce as he forgets judge's name https://t.co/xHMeLvKTbh— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) November 18, 2020
'Frankly this is a case that we would like to get to the Supreme Court. So we're prepared in some of these cases to lose and to appeal and to get it to the Supreme Court,' Giuliani told Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo Tuesday.The quality of legal advice here is truly appalling:
December 8 can't come soon enough. A reminder: if a state doesn't certify its votes, the electors are not counted at the electoral college. The electoral college vote rests on electors appointed. The fewer electors appointed, the lower the threshold for victory. Biden, in that scenario, could win with fewer than 270 electoral votes. But will any state willingly give up its electoral college slate by refusing to certify its vote results? That is the "plan":
You media morons are all laughing at @RudyGiuliani, but he appears to have already established a great rapport with the judge, who is currently offering recommendations on martini bars for Team Trump in open court.— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) November 17, 2020
Which takes us back to that damned Atlantic article. But then Rudy doesn't know the difference between rational basis and strict scrutiny. He doesn't even know what "opacity" means. I don't expect him to begin to understand the legal and Constitutional issues involved in a Presidential election. Hell, he turned the equal protection reasoning of Bush v. Gore on its head, while citing Bush v. Gore as his authority. The man is as clueless as Jenna Ellis. If the states don't certify their votes (a usurpation of democracy I can't see any public official approving) the legislatures will not step in and appoint new electors. Even if they did, those not be approved by the executive would not be elegible electors. And then we're back to the "appointed electors" who are the only ones Congress can consider in approving the electoral college vote.
Pay attention: “Giuliani has told Trump & associates his ambition is to pressure GOP lawmakers & officials across the political map to stall the vote certification in an effort to have Republican lawmakers pick electors & disrupt the electoral college.” https://t.co/bz5VRvnsnG— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) November 19, 2020
That's not as comforting as it could be.
As with everything Trump has done to subvert democracy, his scheme to overturn the election results would be catastrophic if it succeeded and yet it is nevertheless being executed in a way that could be set to the Benny Hill theme.— Adam Serwer 🍝 (@AdamSerwer) November 18, 2020