According to the Detroit Free Press, the Michigan state legislature held a joint hearing of the House and the Senate Oversight committees on Saturday. State lawmakers “issued a subpoena to state election officials…requesting documents related to Michigan’s election process,” and they will be investigating “possible election irregularities.”
The article explained that it’s rare for the legislature to call a hearing on a Saturday, and it’s also equally rare for a legislative committee to issue a subpoena.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is a Democrat, but both the state House and the state Senate are controlled by the Republicans, which the author of the article emphasizes several times.
Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield released a statement after the hearing had been announced on Friday, saying:
As the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, State Representative Matt Hall told the Free Press, “I have gotten hundreds of calls and emails from people in Calhoun and Kalamazoo counties who say they have no faith in our election system based on what they have seen since Tuesday.”
He explained that “People have seen news reports of challengers being denied access to polling locations. They see windows being covered up to prevent people from watching ballots be examined and tabulated. Software errors have mistakenly awarded votes to a candidate. These instances and images have led to controversy, confusion, and frustration — and it certainly is not a model of transparency.”
Hall also believes that the subpoena “demonstrates a commitment to getting our election procedures right in the future.”
Of course, it comes as no surprise that the Democrats had something to say about it. House Minority Leader Christine Greig claimed that the hearing was a “partisan spectacle” and “a desperate attempt by Republican legislators to cast a shadow of doubt over the legitimacy of our election.”
She also shared her belief that it’s a “political stunt designed to undermine confidence in our electoral process and disenfranchise voters who legally cast their ballots in record numbers.”
The author of the article claimed that “there has been no evidence to support allegations that would significantly affect any election outcomes, isolated unofficial count issues in Antrim County and Oakland County have been explained and corrected by local officials, and a Michigan judge has rejected claims related to challengers.”
But let’s not forget about the software glitch that caused 6,000 votes for Trump in Antrim County to go to Biden’s column. Michigan’s Secretary of State said this had not been caused by a computer glitch but by human error.
On Sunday, President Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani appeared on Maria Bartiromo’s program “Sunday Morning Futures.” He said that Trump’s legal team will be filing four or five lawsuits this week. The first and the biggest of the lawsuits will be about the irregularities in Pennsylvania. Giuliani added that they have affidavits for more than 60 witnesses. He also told Bartiromo that he believes they have enough evidence to overturn the election in Pennsylvania.
“The second [lawsuit] will either be Michigan or Georgia,” Giuliani said. “We have big numbers in Michigan – not quite the numbers that we had in Pennsylvania – but enough to overturn the result there.”