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Trump personally asked Pa. GOP House Speaker for help changing election results: report

President Trump has more than once personally called the Speaker of Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives as part of his efforts to stop the state’s electors from backing Joe Biden following the president-elect’s victory in the Keystone State last month.

The Washington Post reported Monday evening that Trump called Speaker Bryan Cutler (R), urging him to intervene and take some action to “fix” state law that prevents lawmakers from intervening and replacing electors selected by the voters to cast the state’s electoral votes.

A spokesman for the Speaker confirmed the president’s call to the Post. The Trump campaign did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill, and the White House declined to comment on the story.

“The president said, ‘I’m hearing about all these issues in Philadelphia, and these issues with your law,’” Cutler spokesman Michael Straub told the Post, stating that the president went on to ask, “What can we do to fix it?”

His efforts took the form of two phone calls to Cutler over the past seven days, the Post reported. The president has made similar overtures to lawmakers in Michigan as well as to Georgia’s governor, Brian Kemp (R).

Trump’s efforts also come as his legal team has filed numerous suits to block the certification of Pennsylvania’s election results, which were most recently dismissed by the state Supreme Court.

Attorneys for the president are also working in the hopes of overturning results in Georgia, Michigan and other states, though they have yet to see any success. 

Critics who point out that claims of widespread voter fraud have yet to be substantiated say Trump is trying to undermine the will of the voters.

Tags 2020 2020 election Brian Kemp Donald Trump Joe Biden Pennsylvania The Washington Post

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