Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 2:40 p.m. EST
DETROIT (AP) — President Donald Trump has summoned Michigan’s Republican legislative leaders to the White House for a meeting Friday. The meeting comes amid a longshot GOP push to overturn the certification of Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the battleground state. Two people familiar with the matter tell The Associated Press that Trump invited Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield. They agreed to go, according to a state official aware of the leaders’ plans. The two officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations. It was not immediately clear what the meeting is about. Neither Shirkey nor Chatfield commented.
LEE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — State police are investigating the death of a southwestern Michigan man who stopped breathing and died following a struggle with officers trying to take him into custody. Michigan State Police say 40-year-old Nathan Strample of Pullman died following Wednesday’s incident in the unincorporated Allegan County community. An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday. State police say Strample stopped breathing and died at the scene after he put up “considerable resistance” during a struggle with a state trooper and an Allegan County sheriff’s deputy who were trying to arrest him Wednesday morning after being called to a home on a report of a domestic disturbance.
UNDATED (AP) — In normal times, the certification of election results is a routine process that doesn’t get much attention. But these are not normal times. In a continued series of baseless attacks on the integrity of the election, President Donald Trump and his Republican allies are trying to stop the formal certification of results in several states, mostly through unsubstantiated claims of fraud. The latest high-profile example was in Michigan’s largest county this week when two Republican members on Michigan’s Wayne County Board of Canvassers voted to halt the certification of the county’s votes — then abruptly reversed course amid heavy criticism.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield has slapped down calls by some Republican lawmakers that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer should be impeached. The Levering Republican on Wednesday called the effort a distraction from what needs to be done in the state. Milford Township Republican Rep. Matt Maddock began the talk of impeaching Whitmer after health director Robert Gordon implemented the three-week shut down of parts of Michigan’s economy in an effort to stem the accelerating spread of COVID-19. Maddock said Whitmer “crossed the line” on COVID-19 restrictions without legislative input. However, Chatfield said an effort to impeach Whitmer would lack merit and would be every bit as “shameful” as the impeachment efforts against President Donald Trump.