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Michigan GOP officials were pictured drinking champagne in the lobby of Trump’s luxury DC hotel after meeting the president to discuss attempts to overturn the election result



a close up of a train station: US flags are seen at the entrance to the Turmp International Hotel at Pennsylvania Avenue on the eve of the 2020 US presidential election Yegor AleyevTASS via Getty Images


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US flags are seen at the entrance to the Turmp International Hotel at Pennsylvania Avenue on the eve of the 2020 US presidential election Yegor AleyevTASS via Getty Images

  • Michigan GOP officials were pictured drinking Dom Perignon champagne in the lobby of President Trump’s luxury Washington DC hotel on Friday night. 
  • Hours earlier, the officials met Trump at the White House, amid the president’s campaign to pressure state officials to overturn the election result. 
  • In a joint statement after the meeting, state GOP leaders said they were not “made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in Michigan.” 
  • The lawmakers told CNN they had paid their own bills at the hotel. 
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Michigan Republican Party officials were pictured enjoying champagne in the lobby of President Donald Trump’s luxury Washington DC hotel after being hosted by the president at the White House.

Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield and other members of his group were pictured at Trump International Hotel in Washington DC Friday evening drinking Dom Perignon champagne in a lobby bar, in images acquired by the Detroit Free Press. 

Both Chatfield and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey stayed overnight at the hotel, located a few blocks from the White House. Trump had earlier held a meeting with the lawmakers, reported CNN. 

 

The following morning, Shirkey and state Republican official Dan Lauwers were pictured leaving the hotel by Detroit News’ Washington correspondent Melissa Nana Burke. They did not answer any questions from her. 

In a tweet, a staffer for Democratic Michigan Rep. Dan Kildee accused the lawmakers pictured in the lobby of violating coronavirus guidelines, with none of the group wearing masks or observing social distancing. 

 

Spokespeople for Chatfield and Shirkey told CNN that the lawmakers had paid their own expenses at the hotel. 

 

The lawmakers did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider. 

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Earlier on Friday, the lawmakers met Trump at the White House. Trump has continued his long-shot bid to overturn the election result by pressuring state Republican officials to delay certifying vote counts. Biden was projected winner in Michigan by media organizations more than two weeks ago. 

After the meeting, Chatfield and Shirkey in a joint statement said that they had not been “made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in Michigan” and said “as legislative leaders, we will follow the law and follow the normal process regarding Michigan’s electors, just as we have said throughout this election.”

They claimed that a coronavirus relief package for Michigan was the focus of their talks with the president. 

In response to the statement, Trump said in a tweet Saturday that evidence of fraud would be shown in court. 

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Mike Pence cancels Florida vacation to help Trump effort to overturn presidential election

Mike Pence isn’t going to Disney World anytime soon.

The vice president scrapped plans for a Florida vacation so he could help lead President Trump’s effort to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s win in last week’s election, the Washington Post reported.

Pence gave Republican Senators a presentation Tuesday on Trump’s legal efforts to cast doubt on Biden’s victory, and urged them to stick by the president’s side.

The conservative veep has mostly stayed out of the public eye since his boss signaled that he has no intention of conceding the election.



a man wearing a suit and tie: WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 10: Vice President Mike Pence arrives for the weekly policy luncheons on Capitol Hill on November 10, 2020 in Washington, DC.


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WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 10: Vice President Mike Pence arrives for the weekly policy luncheons on Capitol Hill on November 10, 2020 in Washington, DC.

WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 10: Vice President Mike Pence arrives for the weekly policy luncheons on Capitol Hill on November 10, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Tasos Katopodis/)

Election officials will start certifying the results soon, confirming Biden’s win in enough states to win the White House. But Trump is holding firm and continues to insist that Pence and other acolytes stand behind him.

Pence signaled Tuesday that might head down to battleground Georgia to campaign for two Republican senators facing Jan. 5 run-off elections that will decide control of the Senate.

GOP Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler have strongly backed Trump’s claims that the election was stolen from him, and even called on the Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to step down over allegations of voter mismanagment.

Raffensperger announced Wednesday that Georgia would do a full hand recount of the votes, as Biden leads Trump by a razor-thin 0.3% in the state.

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