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Citation From the December 8, 2020 edition of The Story with Martha MacCallum

MARTHA MACCALLUM (ANCHOR): So today’s safe harbor deadline requires states to certify election results but President Trump’s legal team says it’s an arbitrary deadline and that they will continue to fight. Joining me now, Trump 2020 campaign senior adviser Jason Miller. Jason, good to see you. Thank you for being here tonight. So where does that stand?

JASON MILLER: So, Martha today is what many in the media are saying is the safe harbor day where states need to certify their elections and then we hear a lot of talk about December 14th, next week, when the electors come forward and actually cast their votes. But the real dates that people need to be paying attention to are January 6th. That’s when the new Congress comes forward and actually counts the electoral votes. 

And that’s a date that, going all the way back to the case in 1960 when Hawaii had to decide between whether it was Nixon or JFK that would get their state’s electoral votes or even in 2000 when former Justice Ginsburg said that was really the date that mattered. But the only date that truly matters is January 20th. And that’s the date when we will swear in the next president of the United States. Whether that’s President Trump or whether that’s Joe Biden. And so there is some time here. And this is why it is so critical, Martha. We have to get these elections right. 

We have to see these through but there is plenty of time to do it.

MACCALLUM: Well, yeah. There is a bit of time. I want to drill down on Georgia and the consent decree real quick. I just have two minutes. Is there –and I feel like I am asking this question a lot, but between now and January 5th, the Georgia Senate election, is there any indication that anything is going to change about the consent decree? There doesn’t seem to be any willingness on the part of the players involved and even Doug Collins said to me and it is kind of too late to change anything in Georgia.

MILLER: But it doesn’t have to be. I mean, we have a Republican governor. We have a Republican-controlled legislature. We can get them together and get this done pretty quickly.

MILLER: We’re making sure that we’re going to get to the bottom of this. Whether it be Wisconsin, Georgia, also this lawsuit in the state of Texas is bringing I think is critical and I think how the Supreme Court rules on this will be a real big determinant as we talk about 2020.