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Politics Not a hearing: Arizona legislators, Trump lawyers plan public meeting on election at Phoenix hotel Monday

19:01  28 november  2020
19:01  28 november  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Arizona legislators and lawyers for President Trump will be holding a meeting at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix on Monday at 9 a.m. Paul Gosar, Kelli Ward, #StopTheSteal leaders, and Trump lawyers Jenna Ellis and Rudy Giuliani are expected to attend.

Arizona legislators and lawyers for President Trump will be holding a meeting at the Hyat #StopTheSteal organizers and activists are calling for all patriots to head to Arizona for a series of rallies over the weekend and a public hearing with President Donald Trump ’s campaign lawyers on

PHOENIX — Arizona legislators and lawyers for President Donald Trump will hold a meeting at a downtown hotel on Monday to discuss the election as they continue to dispute his defeat earlier this month despite there being no evidence of widespread fraud.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump talks to reporters at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, in Phoenix. © Alex Brandon/AP President Donald Trump talks to reporters at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, in Phoenix.

The gathering may rally Trump supporters and provide counter-programming on the same morning Arizona's secretary of state is scheduled to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the state, but it is unclear how legislators could do much of anything about the outcome of the race.

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President Trump 's legal team will hold a hearing with members of the Arizona state legislature on Monday , the same day the officials are expected to certify the state's election results and give Arizona 's 11 electoral votes to President- elect Joe Biden. "We are pleased that the State

Trump campaign legal aide Jenna Ellis told reporters that the elections in the several disputed counties were “irredeemably compromised,” and that this will While Trump has refused to concede, the mainstream media have called the election for Biden. Any claim that disagrees with that has been

While the Trump campaign and state Republican Party have filed election lawsuits in Maricopa County, they have not put forward evidence of fraud and judges have so far tossed out the cases.

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Republic Gov. Doug Ducey said earlier this week that he trusts the state's election system after he had held off acknowledging Biden had won the state, citing the court cases that were ongoing.

"I've said several times: Arizona is a good government state," Ducey said Tuesday. "I trust our election system. There's integrity in our election system. Joe Biden did win Arizona."

Nevertheless, in announcing he would chair Monday's meeting, Rep. Mark Finchem, R-Oro Valley, said his "worst fears have come to light" after "examining potential fraud pathways and illegal actions through which our 2020 election could have been tainted."

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Not a legislative hearing

The meeting at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Phoenix is not a hearing of the Legislature as Finchem and Trump campaign's legal team have cast it.

The state Legislature is not in session. The speaker of the House of Representatives and the president of the Senate can call for committee meetings in between sessions but they have not authorized the event.

Finchem said he requested approval a few weeks ago for a meeting of the House Federal Relations Committee, which he chairs, but has not received authorization from House leadership.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Tucson International Airport, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) © Alex Brandon, AP President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Tucson International Airport, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

"After a review of the statistical anomalies, and there are to numbers to count [sic], affidavits of improper actions and community outrage that has grown out of what appears to voters to be an attempt to throw the election through a number of fraudulent efforts, we decided as Members of the Legislature, and not as members of any specific committee, that we should move forward with a public hearing,” Finchem wrote in a press release.

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US attorney general William Barr has allowed federal prosecutors to probe alleged irregularities in the presidential election , prompting a top justice department official to quit. Any such cases would normally be the remit of individual states, but Mr Barr said this was not a hard and fast rule.

President Trump canceled a planned trip to Gettysburg, Pa., on Wednesday where his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani The event is not a formal hearing in the traditional sense of the word, in that Trump campaign says pennsylvania, arizona , michigan to hold public hearings on Pennsylvania has already certified a victory for Biden and state legislators have maintained for

Jenna Ellis, a lawyer for the president, wrote Friday that she would be present along with Rudy Giuliani, the most prominent figure in the Trump campaign’s legal efforts. But the invitation said the president’s legal team would be “present from DC," suggesting at least some of the participants may appear via videoconference.

The event is scheduled to last from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. MST, with an hour-long break for lunch at noon. Attendance has been limited due to COVID-19 and tickets for the public were entirely booked as of Friday afternoon. Finchem's press release said the event would be streamed online.

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A public invitation for the Phoenix event said the “goal will be to gather the evidence that justifies calling a special session to contemplate what happened and take immediate action accordingly."

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It remains unclear what legislators could do about the presidential election. It's also unclear that they could convince Ducey to call a special session or somehow bring on board Democrats to muster the supermajority needed to call a special session without the governor’s approval.

The U.S. Constitution gives the Legislature the job of deciding how the state's presidential electors will be chosen. But the Arizona Legislature has tasked voters with choosing those electors on Election Day.

A "faithless elector" provision in state law, and backed by Republicans, requires the electors to cast their votes for the presidential candidate who wins the most votes in the state.

Senate Republicans asked lawyers at the Legislature this month to issue an opinion on the issue. The response: The Legislature would have to change these laws to change how presidential electors are appointed.

Even then, the opinion said, the changes could not apply to this election because voters have already chosen the electors at the ballot box.

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