- A GOP-led Michigan Senate committee found “no evidence” of widespread fraud in the 2020 election.
- Trump had attempted to overturn Michigan’s election results.
- The investigation comes as Trump continues to falsely claims the election was stolen from him.
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An investigation by the Republican-led Michigan Senate Oversight Committee found no proof of widespread voter fraud in the state’s 2020 election, rejecting former President Donald Trump’s false claims.
“The Committee embarked upon hours of public testimony, the review of countless documents and presentations on the 2020 election, and careful review of the elections process itself,” the 35-page report released Wednesday said. “This Committee found no evidence of widespread or systematic fraud in Michigan’s prosecution of the 2020 election.”
GOP state Sen. Ed McBroom, who chairs the committee, wrote in the report that he is “confident” the election results in Michigan, which President Joe Biden won by nearly 3 percentage points, are accurate.
McBroom also appeared to take a swipe at Trump, who repeatedly spread conspiracy theories that the election was fraught with voter fraud and rigged against him. In Michigan, Trump and his allies filed at least half a dozen lawsuits in an attempt to overturn the election results. They lost all of them.
“Sources must lose credibility when it is shown they promote falsehoods, even more when they never take accountability for those falsehoods,” McBroom wrote.
The Michigan Senate committee recommended that Michiganders “use a critical eye and ear toward those who have pushed demonstrably false theories for their own personal gain.” It also called on the state attorney general to investigate those who promoted false claims.
The investigation comes nearly eight months after the 2020 race and as Trump continues to baselessly assert that the election was stolen from him. Federal, state, and local officials have repeatedly concluded that the election was fair and accurate.
The report also comes after a Michigan judge last month tossed out a Trump-endorsed lawsuit seeking to audit and recount votes in the state’s Antrim County. Trump won the county, but has claimed without evidence that he received more votes that were switched to favor Biden.
This conspiracy theory seems to stem from a case of human error on election night. At the time, the county’s unofficial election results initially showed Biden in the lead. Antrim County Clerk Sheryl Guy, a Republican, moved to rectify the issue and after multiple checks, the county went to Trump. The county also audited the results in December, affirming Trump’s win over Biden.
“All compelling theories that sprang forth from the rumors surrounding Antrim County are diminished so significantly as for it to be a complete waste of time to consider them further,” McBroom wrote in the report.