Legislative leaders say hearing announced by Trump campaign is news to them




U.S. President Donald Trump participates in the first presidential debate against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at the Health Education Campus of Case Western Reserve University on Sept. 29, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo by Win McNamee | Getty Images

President Donald Trump’s campaign announced that Arizona and two other states had scheduled legislative hearings to look into allegations surrounding the 2020 general election, which came as a surprise to leaders in both chambers, neither of whom had approved any such hearing.

In a press statement on Tuesday, the Trump campaign announced that the legislatures in Arizona, Michigan and Pennsylvania would hold public hearings “in an effort to provide confidence that all of the legal votes have been counted and the illegal votes have not been counted in the November 3rd election.”

The Pennsylvania Senate will hold a hearing on Wednesday, followed by Arizona on Nov. 30 and Michigan on Dec. 1, the campaign claimed.

In Arizona, neither House Speaker Rusty Bowers, R-Mesa, nor Senate President Karen Fann, R-Prescott, have scheduled or approved any such hearing.

“News to me at this time,” Fann said in a text message to the Arizona Mirror, while Andrew Wilder, a spokesman for Bowers, said, “Speaker Bowers has not authorized any such hearing in the Arizona House of Representatives.”

A spokesman for the Trump campaign could not be reached for comment.

Some Republicans, including a number of elected officials, have alleged improprieties or fraud in Arizona’s election, particularly in Maricopa County, but there is no evidence that any such problems occured. President-elect Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump by about 10,500 votes in Arizona, making him the first Democrat to win the state since 1996.

Pennsylvania state Sen. Doug Mastriano announced on Tuesday that, at his request, the state’s Senate Majority Policy Committee will hold a hearing in Gettysburg on Wednesday to discuss “election issues and irregularities.” The hearing will feature Trump campaign attorney and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Mastriano said.

Gideon D’Assandro, communications director and press secretary for Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, said the House will be in session next week but that its oversight committee won’t be meeting. D’Assandro said the president’s legal team has been invited to submit written testimony instead.

Ken Coleman from the Michigan Advance contributed to this report.

Jeremy Duda
Associate Editor Jeremy Duda is a Phoenix native and began his career in journalism in 2003 after graduating from the University of Arizona. Prior to joining the Arizona Mirror, he worked at the Arizona Capitol Times, where he spent eight years covering the Governor's Office and two years as editor of the Yellow Sheet Report. Before that, he wrote for the Hobbs News-Sun of Hobbs, NM, and the Daily Herald of Provo, Utah. Jeremy is also the author of the history book “If This Be Treason: the American Rogues and Rebels Who Walked the Line Between Dissent and Betrayal.”