Trump questions Pa. speaker on electoral votes

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A person briefed on the matter said Trump pressed for the state’s legislature to replace the electors for President-elect Joe Biden with those loyal to Trump

President-elect Joe Biden waves as he arrives at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del., Monday, Dec. 7, 2020.

President-elect Joe Biden waves as he arrives at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del., Monday, Dec. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) – President Donald Trump is continuing his futile appeal to battleground state lawmakers to subvert the votes of their constituents.

The president has reached out twice to Pennsylvania House Speaker Bryan Cutler, a Republican, to see what might be possible for Trump to do about the state’s presidential vote.

A person briefed on the matter said Trump pressed for the state’s legislature to replace the electors for President-elect Joe Biden with those loyal to Trump. The person was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Cutler’s spokesperson, Mike Straub, says Trump did not pressure Cutler to take any sort of action; the call was informational.

Cutler and other top Republican lawmakers have said that, legally, the state legislature has no legal power to override the will of the voters and select a slate of presidential electors.

Trump also called on lawmakers in Georgia and Michigan to do the same. They have all refused.

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