Trump set to attend Pennsylvania Republicans’ ‘hearing’ on voter fraud: reports

President Trump was expected to attend a makeshift event scheduled Wednesday by Republican state lawmakers in Pennsylvania into alleged irregularities in the 2020 election, according to multiple reports.

The Republican Party of Pennsylvania announced the so-called hearing at a Gettysburg hotel rather than the state Capitol. The president’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, was also set to attend.

Although the event did not appear on Trump’s public schedule, he had reportedly expressed interest in joining Giuliani. 

CNN’s Kaitlan Collins reported later Wednesday morning, however, that the plans had been scrapped after a campaign staffer tested positive for the coronavirus.

It would have been the first time Trump has left the Washington area since the election earlier this month. Trump has alleged widespread fraud in the vote, but has yet to provide evidence.

Despite the president’s effort, multiple states have certified their results. Pennsylvania certified its election results on Tuesday and a federal judge last week dismissed a Trump campaign lawsuit seeking to invalidate millions of votes in the commonwealth.

Michigan has also certified its election results, while Arizona is set to do so Monday.

Republican lawmakers in both states have announced similar events with the Trump campaign, and the president was reportedly considering attending the one in Michigan.

The president’s campaign has also pressured Republican state lawmakers to appoint pro-Trump electors rather than those who will vote for President-elect Joe Biden. But Michigan and Pennsylvania lawmakers have said they do not intend to appoint such electors, and both states have Democratic governors.

The scheduled event in Pennsylvania on Wednesday comes two days after the General Services Administration formally recognized Biden as president-elect, allowing the former vice president’s team access to transition materials and funds, after weeks of stonewalling by the Trump administration.

–Updated at 11:19 a.m.

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