Shirkey: Lawmakers told Trump they have no role in election

Michigan

FILE – In this Monday, May 18, 2020 file photo, Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clark Lake, speaks in downtown Grand Rapids, Mich. Shirkey on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, sought to downplay his recent meeting with Donald Trump amid the president’s efforts to challenge Joe Biden’s win in Michigan, saying Republicans told Trump that state law clearly does not give legislators a say in awarding electoral votes.(Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press via AP, File)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey has sought to downplay his recent meeting with Donald Trump, saying Republicans told the president that Michigan state law doesn’t give legislators a say in awarding electoral votes.

Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield were among seven Republican lawmakers who met with Trump last week, days before Michigan certified Joe Biden’s victory and closed the door to any longshot, legally suspect bid to not award Michigan’s 16 electoral votes to Biden.

Shirkey tells The Associated Press is was a “very innocuous meeting.”

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