Michink said he had spoken several days earlier with Norman Shinkle, one of the two GOP members on the board. Shinkle clarified last week that he would vote to confirm the election results until the investigation is completed to push for a delay, even though there is no evidence of fraud or fraud.
“You can not make your decision before you get all the facts,” he told the Times.
Shinkle did not return CNN’s request for comment.
According to Aaron Van Langevelde, another GOP member of the voting committee, Mitchell told CNN that either Trump team members will postpone the election confirmation or they have something they can point to as evidence of unfairness, even if it is not. Van Langevelde’s family told CNN he would not comment on the expected vote.
Mitchell said “it’s a win-win” for the Trump team, because it could delay the inevitable transition of President Joe Biden or be too vague in claiming that Trump won the election.
“The state legislature has no procedures or capacity to conduct such an investigation,” Mitchell told CNN.
Earlier, Shinkle said he was thinking about voting to move the process; His wife, Mary, has filed a letter of commendation for Trump’s campaign lawsuit, which seeks to block such assertion.
“President Donald Trump should accept those facts and allow other counties to go to the sidelines,” they wrote.
Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield said Sunday that if both members of the GOP were forced to vote 2-2, it could jeopardize the process on issues that could be bound in court. He added that there is a possibility for Michigan on the road to a constitutional crisis.
“If there is a 2-2 split in the Canvassers State Commission, then go to the Michigan Supreme Court to determine what their answer is, what their order is,” Chatfield told Fox News.
“If they had no order to get it confirmed, we would now have a constitutional crisis in Michigan. It would have never happened before,” Chatfield said.
If the commission votes against the verification of the results, the case will go to the appellate court, then the state Supreme Court, which is expected to require the commission to certify the results – as written in state law. Democrat Gretchen Whitmer can also replace other lawmakers.
Although Chatfield reiterated that the role of the Canvassers Commission was to “confirm the election of those who received the popular vote”, he acknowledged in an interview what would happen if the process went smoothly.
If the endorsement fails in court, Chatfield said, it will then go to Congress, where Republicans could try and nominate voters to vote for Trump instead of nominating nominees.
“It’s a place I do not want to go into there,” he said.
Chatfield, who met Friday with Mr. Trump at the White House, said he was overseeing the election results in Wayne – the state’s largest state, which includes Detroit – to find out why there are some discrepancies in the number of votes cast and that Congress is trying to find a way.
Of the more than 878,000 votes cast in Wayne, more than 450 varied, officials said.
The Republican Party and the Republican National Committee sent a letter Saturday to board members asking them to delay the verdict for 14 days and wait for Wayne County election results to be verified. The audit could not take place in Michigan until the vote was approved.
There have been no claims of widespread fraud in the state that has taken place in court to date.
“We have done our own review of these fraud reports, and reports of irregularities, and I think it needs to be considered,” Chatfield told Fox News.
“I think it’s very clear what the people of Michigan have said. There is no legal basis or fact to any question about the options they have chosen.”
“Just as we expect to be certified in every district of the city, we expect the governing body to do the same and everyone in power to abide by the law with the will of the electorate,” she added.
Responding to Trump’s pressure on him and his colleagues at their meeting, Chatfield told Fox, “There is so much anger that the president is going to ask us to break the law, he is going to ask us to intervene, and that simply does not happen.”
“We do not have any information on the outcome of this election, and as legislators, we will follow the same rules and procedures as we have always had,” he said. “The White House has not yet commented on the allegations.”
Michigan GOP Rep. Fred Upton slammed a majority of Republicans to say “it’s over” during Sunday’s interview with CNN’s Dana Bash.
On “domestic politics”, he said there was no evidence of fraud, the margins were “not skinny” and the state certification process should move forward to “let voters, not politicians speak.”
He also called for Biden to be a “presidential candidate” and warned that the longer it took, the better it would be to “see a peaceful transition”.
CNN correspondent Daniel Shepherd contributed to this report.