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The White House insisted the get-together was "not an advocacy meeting" and cast it as routine. Both Shirkey and Chatfield have said that they will honor their state's popular vote and not stray from the process of how electors in MI are selected.

Trump has sought to convince Republicans in the legislatures of key battleground states he lost to President-elect Joe Biden to go against the vote totals and select electors that could overturn Biden's lead in the Electoral College.

Such an event would be unprecedented in modern United States history.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a briefing Friday that the visit from the lawmakers was not about the election results.

In Michigan, the Republican National Committee and the state Republican Party wrote to the state board of canvassers asking it to adjourn for 14 days to allow for an audit of ballots in Wayne County, which includes the majority-Black city of Detroit.

Trump's last-minute White House invitation to the state lawmakers was the latest in what has become an unprecedented attack on USA election results by a sitting president.

Mr Trump's legal team has already said it plans a lawsuit in the state, but has not provided specifics. That claim was not true, as Wayne County did certify Biden the victor earlier that day.

The Trump team is said to be resting its hopes on getting Republican-controlled legislatures in battleground states to set aside the results and declare the outgoing president the victor, following a stinging series of losses in the courts. The board members filed affidavits Wednesday seeking to "rescind" their votes to certify the election result. The president spent three days in a military hospital, where he was treated with experimental drugs; the first lady weathered her illness at the White House. "We have since sent the same correspondence to our congressional leaders", the lawmakers' joint statement read.

The long-shot effort is focused on MI and Pennsylvania for now, but even if both those states flipped, Mr Trump would need to overturn the vote in another state to get ahead of Mr Biden in the electoral college.

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