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Mich. lawmaker: Giuliani to appear at state elections hearing on Wednesday



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President Donald Trump‘s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, is set to appear in person on Wednesday at a Michigan House Oversight Committee, a state lawmaker has said.

The committee’s chair, Matt Hall (R), said in a Tuesday statement that the former New York City mayor will testify during a Wednesday hearing regarding the presidential election in the swing state. This comes after the Michigan State Board of Canvassers certified the state’s election results Monday last week, giving the state’s 16 Electoral College votes to President-elect Joe Biden.

The Detroit Free Press noted that, as of 10:45 am on Tuesday, the hearing was not listed on the state legislative calendar. While the hearing is set for 6 pm, it could start later than that, depending on what time the full House’s proceedings wrap up that day.

In his emailed statement, Hall wrote that the purpose of this hearing is to address allegations of voter fraud in the Wolverine State and to get information about election security and transparency.

“Election security and transparency are top concerns for people I represent. I have been getting thousands of emails and calls from people regarding this election. Other legislators have also. People have questions and concerns about the election process, the way it was handled and how our future elections could be impacted. Rumors and hearsay are everywhere and our committee is attempting to get to the bottom of all of it to deliver people answers they deserve,” he said.

“We can go a long way to achieving this by going straight to the top. Mr. Giuliani believes there were many problems with how this election was conducted and has alleged that there was significant fraud in Michigan. I am glad we were able to find time to make this work with the president’s legal team,” Hall continued. “This is an opportunity for us to get definitive answers—in-person—about Mr. Giuliani’s claims and evidence, while we work to provide clarity and transparency to people who have taken issue with our state’s election system.”

Giuliani has been leading the Trump campaign’s efforts to challenge the results of the 2020 presidential election, alleging widespread voter fraud. Of the dozens of lawsuits that the president’s campaign team has launched since Election Day, none have succeeded in changing the results of the election in any of the swing states that they have targeted. While the General Services Administration has already officially commenced the presidential transition, for which Trump gave his blessing, he has yet to concede the election.

This hearing follows another Oversight Committee hearing held on Tuesday about allegations of misconduct during the ballot-counting process inside Detroit’s TCF Center, per The Free Press.

State-level Democrats slammed this hearing, with Michigan House Minority Leader Christine Greig calling the hearing “a travesty,” according to The Free Press.

One of the Democrats on the committee, Darrin Camilleri, responded to the news, tweeting, “Looks like every sentence before our committee tomorrow will be a noun, a verb, and a conspiracy theory.”

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There is ‘repeated evidence’ of non-citizens voting



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There is “repeated evidence” of non-citizens voting, Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) said during an appearance on Breitbart News Daily, discussing the Safeguard American Voter Eligibility (SAVE) Act.

“Let me just say this about the overall state of the election issue,” Roy began, explaining that “we’ve got repeated evidence of those who are here illegally — or, or whether they’re here legally — but non-citizens voting.”

“We’ve got studies demonstrating that. We’ve got evidence that it may have tipped the election for Al Franken and his election back in Minnesota. Objective studies have showed…Virginia tossing out 1,500 registered voters just last year. I can go through a laundry list. We’ve got local jurisdictions — Oakland, San Francisco, our nation’s capital in Washington, DC, and New York City — who are registering voters specifically for their state and local elections, but we know that they don’t work hard to make sure they’re not voting in federal elections,” he said, noting that “federal law prohibits [and] limits the ability of states to be able to check and ensure citizenship, so much so that the state of Arizona has to run two systems — one for their state local elections and one for their federal elections.”

“They’re literally bifurcated because they want to ensure citizenship for their state and local elections, but they’re not allowed to for federal elections. Therefore, we need to fix the problem,” he said.

Breitbart News adds:

Further, Roy said, because of the Motor Voter Act — the National Voter Registration Act — passed in the 1990s, the courts have interpreted federal laws to limit the state’s ability to “determine and collect the information necessary for determining and checking citizenship.”

Essentially, Roy said the U.S. has set up a system that requires federal agencies to push out the forms, encouraging individuals to register to vote. And while they ask one to identify if they are a citizen, and while federal law requires one to be a citizen to vote in federal elections, the congressman said there is nothing there to actually check citizenship.

The SAVE Act would help address these issues and correct what Roy described as the “glitch,” making it so every state would require anyone applying to register to vote to prove their citizenship.

“By doing that, though, it is correcting the glitch. It also goes through and it addresses some of the issues that have been complicated. There are states, for example, like North Dakota, which does not have voter registration at all, okay? So they can just show up to vote and don’t have registration…They have their own rules there about what you have to present in order just to vote. And that’s obviously a less populated state than, say, California or Texas or New York or Florida. But, so, we adapt and try to adjust to help with those kinds of situations. But, overall, the purpose of the bill is exactly as you just described, pretty simple,” Roy said. This is a bipartisan issue with massive support.

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