President Donald Trump’s lawyer argued that based on recent testimony from witnesses who alleged fraud or irregularities in front of several state legislature hearings and meetings, key battleground states shouldn’t go ahead with certifying their results.
“Between Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Michigan hearings alone, DOZENS of witnesses have come forward testifying to their first-hand accounts of the corruption and fraud in this election,” Ellis wrote on Twitter, referring to Republican state lawmaker events in Arizona and Pennsylvania over the past week—as well as a Michigan state Senate hearing on Dec. 1 and 2.
“None of these states can move forward in good faith with their false certifications.”
Both Ellis and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who was slated to attend a Michigan House hearing later on Dec. 2, have argued that battleground state legislatures should reclaim their authority, as outlined in the Constitution, to select electors.
They argued that because of allegations surrounding election fraud and irregularities, the states should be the ones to choose. Notably, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Wisconsin have Republican majorities in both their Houses and Assemblies or Senates.
Secretaries of state in those states have said they’ve seen no evidence of voter fraud or irregularities that would overturn the results of the election, while they have all moved to certify the results in recent days.
Ellis, in the Arizona Legislature event, said they’re the “sole guardian to combat a corrupted election,” noting that the Founding Fathers embedded that provision to separate the powers.
The two attorneys both argued that Article II, Sec 1.2, of the U.S. Constitution gives legislatures the power to appoint electors to the Electoral College. The Electoral College meets to vote on Dec. 14.
Michigan State House Speaker Lee Chatfield on Dec. 1 announced that Giuliani is scheduled to testify in front of that state’s hearing on Dec. 2.
A day before, several witnesses alleged that they saw serious violations or irregularities at polling and tabulation centers.
One woman in Michigan, Patty McMurray, said she saw numerous “Xerox copies” of what appeared to be military ballots that allegedly all went for Democrat Joe Biden.
“None of the voters [were] registered,” and election workers “had to manually enter the names and addresses and a birth date of 1/1/2020, which would override the system and allow them to enter nonregistered voters, of which I saw several … throughout the day,” she said.
And before that, the head of the Republican Party in Maricopa County, Arizona, alleged she saw votes for Trump being tallied as votes for Biden.
“I observed, with my Democratic partner, the preparation of a new ballot, since the original one was soiled, or wouldn’t go through the tabulators. I read her a Trump Republican ballot, and as soon as she entered it into the system, the ballot defaulted on the screen to a Biden Democratic ballot,” Linda Brickman told Republican Arizona state lawmakers on Nov. 30.