Trump called the Speaker of the House of Representatives in Pennsylvania twice over the past week to make an unusual request to help reverse his state loss.
The calls, confirmed by House Speaker Brian Cutler’s office, make Pennsylvania the third state in which Trump has directly attempted to overturn an outcome. He had previously called Republicans in Michigan, and on Saturday he pressed Georgia State Governor Brian Kemp on a call to try to replace that state’s electors.
The president’s outreach to the leader of the Pennsylvania Republican House of Representatives came after his campaign and allies critically lost many of the state’s legal challenges in both state and federal courts. Trump continued to press his unfounded allegations of widespread irregularities in the public and covert vote
Describing the speaker of the House of Representatives’ conversation with Trump, Cutler spokesman Michael Straub said, “The president said, I’m hearing about all these issues in Philadelphia, and these issues related to your law.” “What can we do to fix it?” “
Cutler told the president that the legislature has no power to overturn the state’s select voters list, Straub said.
But late last week, the speaker of the House of Representatives was among nearly 60 Republican lawmakers in the state who sent a letter to Pennsylvania congressional representatives urging them to object to the state’s electoral roll on January 6 when Congress prepares to officially accept the results.
Although such a move is unlikely to gain momentum, at least one Republican MP from Pennsylvania, Representative Scott Perry, said in an interview Monday that he would respond to the request and are arguing with state voters.