But when the day ended, the lawmakers were unequivocal: President-elect Joe Biden's victory in Michigan was still intact.
Trump has baselessly cast doubt on the presidential election in Michigan, which he lost Biden by approximately 150,000 votes, and has waged a campaign over the past two weeks to pressure Republicans in the state to back him in reversing the outcome. And despite White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany's insistence that Friday's gathering was "not an advocacy meeting" — and that no one from the Trump campaign would be present — several attorneys running Trump's legal effort to overturn the election were expected to call in.
It was unclear how many GOP legislators visited the White House, but the group included Michigan state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield. Jason Wentworth, who is succeeding Chatfield as speaker, was also spotted at a D.C. airport.
After the meeting, Shirkey and Chatfield said in a joint statement they had "not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in Michigan."