President Trump’s legal strategy challenging the election has shifted in recent days, with his team now reaching out to Michigan state lawmakers, urging them to appoint electors willing to overturn Joe Biden’s victory in the state. Should that happen, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson says he plans to take the president to court.
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Ferguson has been involved in upwards of 80 lawsuits against the Trump administration over the last four years, challenging everything from the president’s immigration policies to changes made to the U.S. Postal Service prior to the election.
In this instance, the Washington state attorney general says he’d be fighting for democracy itself.
“The voters have spoken,” Ferguson said Friday on Twitter. “Attempts to overturn the results of a fair election are improper and deeply unpatriotic.”
The voters have spoken. Attempts to overturn the results of a fair election are improper and deeply unpatriotic.
If the Michigan legislature tries to illegally appoint new electors to overturn the popular vote, we will file a lawsuit to stop such an illegal, undemocratic scheme.
— Bob Ferguson (@BobFergusonAG) November 20, 2020
Trump reportedly invited Michigan Republican leaders in the state Legislature to the White House on Friday to discuss a strategy to delay the certification of election results long enough to have local lawmakers choose electors that will hand the state to the president. That would be despite President-elect Joe Biden winning the state by roughly 155,000 votes.
That said, Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield and state Senate