Michigan leaders move for sanctions against GOP attorneys in Trump election lawsuits
(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)LANSING, Mich. – Democratic Michigan officials are taking action against attorneys who supported former President Donald Trump and his campaign in their effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, Nessel filed a motion for sanctions against Michigan attorneys Greg Rohl, Scott Hagerstrom and Stefanie Junttila and Texas attorney Sidney Powell -- a close Trump ally. Filed with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, the motion seeks to recover attorneys fees of about $11,000. Now-President Joe Biden won the 2020 election with 306 electoral votes, beating Trump’s 232. AdClick here to view the motion for sanctions filed on behalf of Whitmer and Benson on Thursday, or read it in the document below.
Michigan’s top court rejects appeal by Trump campaign
LANSING, Mich. – President Donald Trump's campaign was handed a unanimous defeat Friday at the Michigan Supreme Court, which declined to hear an appeal about how absentee ballots were handled in Detroit as well as other issues. The court steered it aside with a three-sentence order, the latest in a string of unsuccessful cases challenging how the Nov. 3 election was handled. Joe Biden’s 154,000-vote victory in Michigan was certified by the Board of State Canvassers on Nov. 23. The president's campaign claimed the Republican Party wasn't allowed to get an appropriate number of observers inside a Detroit convention center where absentee ballots were counted. A judge and the Michigan appeals court ruled against Trump.
Appeals court: Trump election challenge in Michigan is ‘moot’
LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Court of Appeals turned down an appeal Friday from President Donald Trump’s campaign in a challenge to how absentee ballots were handled in Detroit and other issues. In a brief order, the court said the lawsuit fails because Michigan’s election results, including Joe Biden’s 154,000-vote victory over Trump, were certified on Nov. 23, a week before the campaign filed an appellate brief. “Because plaintiff failed to follow the clear law in Michigan relative to such matters, their action is moot,” Judge Stephen Borrello said in a 2-1 order. There has been no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 election. More: 2020 election news
All eyes on Michigan -- Board of State Canvassers to decide if election results will be certified
DETROIT – The Michigan Board of State Canvassers is set to meet Monday to decide whether Michigan’s election results will be certified. Republican Party leaders asked the Michigan Board of State Canvassers to delay certification two weeks to look into irregularities. The vote to certify Michigan’s election results comes nearly three weeks since Election Day. Despite Joe Biden’s lead over President Donald Trump by hundreds of thousands of votes, House Speaker Lee Chatfield spoke of the believed dangers that could follow a split decision on the Michigan Board of State Canvassers. In an interview with Fox News Sunday morning Republican and Michigan House Speaker, Lee Chatfield, talked about the possibility of a “constitutional crisis” ahead of the Michigan Board of State Canvassers scheduled Monday meeting to certify election results.
ClickOnDetroit Morning Briefing -- Nov. 22, 2020
A winter weather advisory has been issued for Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne counties until 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22. The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 302,705 as of Saturday, including 8,478 deaths, state officials report. Saturday’s update represents 7,528 new cases and 101 additional deaths, including 59 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. On Friday, the state reported a total of 9,779 new cases and 53 additional deaths. The state reported 8,516 new cases on Nov. 13.
Michigan lawsuit claims Trump Campaign is attempting to disenfranchise Black voters
DETROIT – A group of Detroit voters are now suing the Trump Campaign, claiming it’s trying to disenfranchise Black voters in their attempt to block the certification of votes in Wayne County. The lawsuit Anthony is talking about is 18 pages long. The plaintiffs are several local Detroit voters, along with the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization. They are suing Donald Trump and his campaign, claiming they’re trying to disenfranchise Black voters by trying to block the certification of votes in Wayne County. And we hired Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.”You can read the entire lawsuit filed against Trump and his campaign by the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization and Detroit residents here.
What we know about President Trump’s meeting with two Michigan GOP lawmakers
DETROIT – Michigan Senate majority leader Mike Shirkey and House speaker Lee Chatfield are expected to meet with President Donald Trump at the White House Friday. It’s an extraordinary move as the Trump Campaign continues to attempt to stop Michigan from certifying the election results. Speaker Lee Chatfield confirmed that he was meeting with the president in a tweet just before the meeting Friday, saying he is honored to speak with Trump. No matter the party, when you have an opportunity to meet with the President of the United States, of course you take it. And I look forward to our conversation.”The 4 p.m. meeting comes after a contentious meeting with the Wayne County Board of Canvassers.
Local 4 News at Noon -- Nov. 20, 2020
DETROIT – Here’s what you missed on Local 4 News at Noon. What we know about President Trump’s meeting with two Michigan GOP lawmakersMichigan Senate majority leader Mike Shirkey and House speaker Lee Chatfield are expected to meet with President Donald Trump at the White House Friday. It’s an extraordinary move as the Trump Campaign continues to attempt to stop Michigan from certifying the election results.
Wayne County Board of Canvassers GOP members attempt to rescind vote certification
The federal lawsuit in Michigan over votes in Wayne County has been withdrawn. The Trump Campaign said it achieved what it wanted when the Wayne County Board of Canvassers refused to certify the results. Hours later, the board did vote to certify them, but now the two Republican members said they want to rescind their votes. He said he didn’t agree to certification and that he believes there were more than clerical errors in Wayne County. She said the election has been certified in Wayne County and has already been sent to the state board of canvassers.
Michigan Secretary of State rebukes president’s claims on Twitter
DETROIT – President Donald Trump went after Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson on Twitter again with another false claim. Trump falsely claimed hundreds of thousands of votes were invalid and claimed he won Michigan and Pennsylvania. READ: What we know about GOP challenge to Michigan’s election results“Nobody wants to report that Pennsylvania and Michigan didn’t allow our Poll Watchers and/or Vote Observers to Watch or Observe,” the president tweeted Wednesday. In Pennsylvania, a lawyer confirmed Trump’s observers were allowed when he told a judge there were a “non-zero number” of poll watchers. The Trump campaign is suing Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson along with the Wayne County and the Michigan Board of Canvassers, which are in charge of reviewing elections.
Trust Index: Fact-checking claims regarding Michigan’s 2020 election
Were poll watchers kicked out of counting rooms? Poll watchers being kicked out of counting rooms is not true. According to Detroit’s election commissioner, there were more than the legal limit of watchers inside the TCF Center from both Democratic and Republican parties. Claims made in a similar way were dismissed as hearsay by a state judge in a lawsuit last week. There are also claims about poll workers behaving badly like the ones made in an 11-minute video circulating online and being promoted by state Republicans.
Hundreds provide testimonies -- but no real evidence -- in Trump campaign lawsuit to stop certification of Michigan election results
DETROIT – Hoping to halt a statewide certification of Michigan election results, the latest lawsuit by President Donald Trump’s campaign submitted hundreds of claims asserting GOP poll watchers were excluded from counting rooms or saw illegal activity in the count in the state. The Trump campaign is suing Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson along with the Wayne County and the Michigan Board of Canvassers, which are in charge of reviewing elections. Inside the lawsuit are 234 pages of affidavits from people claiming to have been Republican poll watchers who witnessed or were told about misconduct by mostly Detroit ballot counters. Both the Trump and Joe Biden campaigns have started asking Michigan voters specifically to help fund these upcoming legal battles. Democrats have already asked to be part of the Court of Claims appeal, opposing the Trump campaign.
What Michigan election lawsuit claims, despite lack of evidence
DETROIT – Officials with President Donald Trump’s campaign said they will continue to fight the 2020 General Election results with lawsuits. Michigan is the center of litigation from the Trump campaign, which filed a federal lawsuit in the western district of Michigan, despite the claims coming out of Michigan’s Wayne County. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday night, alleges -- without evidence -- there were widespread irregularities in Michigan’s election and ballot-counting process. Many of the claims are similar to a case that was dismissed by the state court of claims last week. Many of the claims are similar to other unfounded fraud claims from past elections.
Trump campaign plans to file federal lawsuit in Michigan
DETROIT – President Donald Trump’s campaign said it will file a lawsuit in federal court in Grand Rapids. It is also attaching 100 sworn affidavits claiming irregularities in Wayne County. The lawsuit is separate from the one the campaign filed in the Court of Claims in Lansing. Election law experts said that while the campaign is within its rights to file these lawsuits, the likelihood of success in this federal suit is not great either. “We have a whistleblower and now we have 131 affidavits talking about irregularities and problems that were happening in Detroit.
Trump campaign files lawsuit to halt Michigan ballot counting, demands access to observe
There is no evidence of any nefarious activity in Michigan, as ballot counting delays were expected, given the massive increase in absentee voting. The latest vote counts in Michigan and Wisconsin gave Biden a small lead in those states, but it was still too early to call the races. Top advisers for both Biden and Trump on Wednesday morning expressed confidence that they respectively had the likelier path to victory in the outstanding states. Trump picked up Florida, the largest of the swing states, while Biden flipped Arizona, a state that has reliably voted Republican in recent elections. You can review the official complaint filed Wednesday on behalf of Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.Latest on local and national races
President Trump holds rally in Waterford Friday
President and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made his second stop in Michigan this week at the Oakland County International Airport on Friday. During his remarks, President Trump took several shots at Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and her response to the coronavirus pandemic. President Trump said his administration is taking an “optimistic approach” to tackling the coronavirus pandemic. Due to a recent rise in COVID cases throughout much of the U.S., crowd sizes for Trump’s campaign rallies have been cut down to 250 attendees. Biden will be joined by President Barack Obama during a campaign stop in Michigan on Saturday.
Vice President Pence to campaign in Waterford Thursday
WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to hold a “Make America Great Again” rally in Michigan on Thursday, Oct. 22. Pence will deliver remarks at 12:30 p.m. at Barnstormers Flight School in Waterford Township on Thursday, according to the reelection campaign for Republican President Donald Trump. The news comes as former Second Lady Jill Biden campaigns in the state Tuesday on behalf of her husband, Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden and vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris. Joe Biden most recently visited Michigan on Friday, delivering remarks in Southfield and attending a voter mobilization event in Detroit. Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, will face off against Biden in this year’s final presidential debate on Thursday, Oct. 22.
New York Times correspondent Kathy Gray says Trump campaign removed her from Michigan rally
FREELAND, Mich. – A New York Times correspondent attending a rally held by President Donald Trump in Freeland said she was tracked down by the Trump campaign and removed from the rally. READ: President Trump to visit mid-Michigan todayTweets are embedded below:First for me: Trump campaign tracked me down from pics i tweeted and escorted me out. — Kathy Gray (@michpoligal) September 10, 2020I’ve just been kicked out of the trump rally. — Kathy Gray (@michpoligal) September 10, 2020And so it begins pic.twitter.com/fuLY4oasjP — Kathy Gray (@michpoligal) September 10, 2020Air force one just landed — Kathy Gray (@michpoligal) September 10, 2020Crammed in crowd in the rain for trump rally in michigan. Not many masks pic.twitter.com/5DZ6JBVNK8 — Kathy Gray (@michpoligal) September 10, 2020
Watch: President Donald Trump speaks at campaign rally in Michigan
FREELAND, Mich. – President Donald Trump spoke at a campaign rally in Freeland on Thursday. His campaign stop comes just one day after Democratic candidate Joe Biden made a stop in the state. Before departing the White House Trump highlighted a surge in virus cases in Europe to contend that the United States is faring well. Trump has characterized the rallies as “peaceful protests” and White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said attendees were exercising their First Amendment rights. It was a similar situation in North Carolina, where Trump held a rally this week that drew a mostly mask-less crowd of thousands.
Trump campaign says its reached 5 million Michigan voters so far
The Trump campaign in Michigan has reached nearly half of Michigans population in the effort to reelect the President, according to a release from the campaign sent Monday. Related: Trump puts spotlight on crime rates in American cities including DetroitGustafson said the campaign defines voters engaged as total calls and doors knocked, not including text messages. In response to the Trump campaigns voter outreach the Biden campaign touted its plan to reach voters virtually. Were running a active, energetic campaign that is directly engaging Michiganders in evert single part of the state while ensuring the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and Michigan voters, Biden For President Michigan State Director Eric Hyers said. A staffer with the Biden campaign also said they have 2000 organizers currently working on the campaign.
Flashpoint 9/18/16: Campaign discussions, DPS improvements
Devin Scillian hosts Flashpoint on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016. The topics cover various elements of the political campaign including Trump and African-American voters, Hillary Clinton and the notorious Email scandal, and more. This week's guests include:Lena Epstein Michigan Co-Chair, Trump CampaignNolan Finley Editorial Page Director., The Detroit NewsRon Fournier Associate Publisher- Crains DetroitStephen Henderson Editorial Page Director, Detroit Free PressDevin also sat down with Hank Winchester, Local 4's investigative reporter to discuss some Detroit public schools who are in need, and how can the community help.
Donald Trump revises his controversial abortion remarks
Donald Trump said abortions should be banned and that there "has to be some form of punishment" for women who undergo the procedure, though he later issued two statements regarding those remarks. Trump Campaign Spokesperson Katrina Pierson joins CBSN to discuss.cbsnews.com