Lansing — Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield referenced the possibility of a “constitutional crisis” during an interview on Fox News Sunday morning, two days after he met with President Donald Trump at the White House.
The Board of State Canvassers meets Monday to consider certifying Michigan’s statewide election results, including President-elect Joe Biden’s 154,000-vote victory. But top Republican Party leaders have asked the board to delay certification in a bid to investigate “anomalies and irregularities” they claim occurred in the election.
The board features two Republicans and two Democrats. Many legal experts believe the panel has a duty, under Michigan law, to certify the results.
“If there were to be a 2-2 split on the State Board of Canvassers, it would then go to the Michigan Supreme Court to determine what their response would be, what their order would be,” Chatfield, R-Levering said on “Fox & Friends” Sunday. “If they didn’t have an order that it be certified, well now we have a constitutional crisis in the state of Michigan. It’s never occurred before.”
Chatfield, the top lawmaker in the GOP-controlled House, said the Legislature decided “long ago” to have the certification process run through the state board.
“If this way doesn’t work, obviously, now we have questions that have arisen in Michigan for the very first time,” Chatfield said.
“It’s a place that I really don’t want to be in,” he said.
Source: The Detroit News