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Mike Shirkey fielded thousands of text messages asking him to overturn the 2020 election results after Trump publicly posted his phone number

Michigan state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey was recorded on video calling the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol a "hoax."
Michigan state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey was recorded on video calling the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol a "hoax."

One of Michigan’s top elected Republicans says he received thousands of texts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election after Donald Trump gave out his personal phone number on Twitter. That’s according to newly released testimony from Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey. He was subpoenaed to speak before the congressional committee investigating the January 6th attack on the Capitol. The panel aired video of Shirkey’s conversation with committee investigators.

“Investigators: Did either you or Speaker Chatfield, did you make the point to the president that you were not going to do anything that violated Michigan law?

Shirkey: I believe we did. Whether or not it was those exact words or not. I think the words I would have more likely used was that we are going to follow the law.”

The congressional committee says Trump led a “pressure campaign” to convince state lawmakers to overturn the 2020 election results.

Eli Newman is a Reporter/Producer for 101.9 WDET, covering breaking news, politics and community affairs. Newman is an award-winning radio journalist and was named the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors Broadcast Rising Star in 2017. His work has appeared on NPR, Marketplace and the Detroit Free Press among others. Newman joined WDET as a newsroom intern in 2014 and is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he first worked in radio at the student-run station WCBN.