In a significant development, former President Donald Trump has been recorded applying pressure on Michigan canvassers to refrain from certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election, as detailed in a report by the Detroit News on Thursday.
This revelation comes amidst ongoing scrutiny over Trump's actions during the aftermath of the election. The Detroit News, having reviewed the recordings, revealed that Trump directly influenced Monica Palmer and William Hartmann, the Republican duo on the Wayne County Board of Canvassers.
He urged them not to endorse the official certification of the presidential election's outcome. This critical conversation transpired shortly after the conclusion of a meeting by the Wayne County Board of Canvassers on November 17, 2020.
Trump's Persuasive Call
During the call, Trump emphatically stated, "We've got to fight for our country," cautioning Palmer and Hartmann against what he perceived as a surrender of the nation. He explicitly mentioned that their agreement to certify the election would project a negative image.
Consequently, Palmer and Hartmann initially withheld their approval on the official vote tally for Wayne County. However, their subsequent effort to revoke their certification endorsement the following day was unsuccessful.
Adding another layer to the unfolding story, the Detroit News also reported RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel's involvement in the call. McDaniel reportedly advised the canvassers to avoid signing the certification and promised legal support.
In her recent statement to the Detroit News, while not contesting the details of the call, McDaniel emphasized her stance from November 2020 advocating for an audit based on what she termed as 'ample evidence' The RNC, when approached for additional comments, chose not to respond.
In a statement to POLITICO, Steven Cheung, a spokesperson for the former president, defended Trump's actions. He insisted that all efforts by Trump were aligned with his presidential responsibilities to uphold law and integrity in the election, including probing into what he claims was a compromised 2020 Presidential Election.
The report by the Detroit News further mentioned that the recording originated from an individual present with Palmer and Hartmann during the call. These revelations add to the growing list of federal charges against Trump regarding election interference in the 2020 presidential race.
Notably, he also faces an indictment in Georgia for his alleged attempts to reverse his defeat in the state, highlighted by another recorded conversation with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. In that call, Trump famously requested the finding of 11,780 votes, which was just one more than his margin of loss in the state.