Trump’s comment came after a string of legal defeats, including a refusal by a federal judge in Pennsylvania on Saturday who said Trump’s team had not presented any evidence of election fraud or misconduct, despite seeking to nullify millions of votes. Trump’s principal attorney in the case, Rudy Giuliani, has said he intends to appeal the case to the Third Circuit and, if necessary, the Supreme Court.
But with a handful of cases pending in the courts, Trump’s options narrowed and he became increasingly dependent on long-term scenarios where the election results would not be approved and the Republican-controlled state in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Arizona and Georgia interfered with his victory.
Legislative Republican Party leaders in those states did not support this approach. Trump summoned Michigan legislative leaders to the White House on Friday, but they later issued a statement indicating that they saw no reason to intervene on Trump’s behalf.
To succeed, the Trump plan requires several unprecedented legal steps. First, Republican-led legislatures in states where Biden won will need to move to cancel the popular vote for her state and set the Trump voter list when the Electoral College meets on Dec.14. Of Democratic governors, so lawmakers will also need to secure a legal decision that they have the sole authority to appoint voters – a contested legal hypothesis that has never been tested.
Trump’s call on lawmakers to hand him over is the state’s most public call to date for lawmakers to nullify the election results. But it also underscores his dwindling options: Michigan is set to ratify its total vote count on Monday, as will the counties of Pennsylvania, which will hand over statewide ratification duty to Secretary of State Cathy Bukfar, a Democrat. On Friday, Georgia confirmed Biden’s victory.
As of Friday evening, Pennsylvania Republican Party leaders said they had not received an invitation to meet Trump at the White House, but said last month they would not intervene to alter the election results.