HARRISBURG, PA (AP) – Republican Senators in Pennsylvania were invited to a White House lunch Wednesday as President Donald Trump continues to speak of overturning his loss in the U.S. Supreme Court and unfounded claims that Democrats stole his battlefield state .
A spokesman for the caucus said every Republican senator received the invitation by email this week. It is unclear who decided to leave, said spokeswoman Jennifer Kocher.
A copy of the invitation from The Associated Press mentions lunch with the President but does not include an agenda. The event was not on Trump's public schedule.
Senator Doug Mastriano then e-mailed it to each Senator Tuesday to remind them to fill out security details in the RSVP "if you want to have lunch with POTUS at the White House tomorrow."
Mastriano did not immediately return messages left on his cell phone on Wednesday.
The invitation came about a month after Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers held a public hearing in Gettysburg with no testimony or Democratic lawmakers in attendance to discuss efforts to secure President-elect Joe Biden's victory with Trump attorneys Rudy Giuliani and to pick up Jenna Ellis.
Most of the attendees were maskless at the full public gathering. Some of the lawmakers later went to the White House to meet with Trump.
One of the local lawmakers, Mastriano, announced five days later that he had contracted the coronavirus. Mastriano revealed the diagnosis on a Facebook live video the day after The Associated Press reported that Mastriano was informed of the positive test in the west wing.
The state's top Republican lawmakers have rejected the overtures for voting to send Trump's voters to Congress. However, 64 Republicans in the Pennsylvania Legislature – less than half the total but including the House GOP leaders – have signed a statement urging Congressmen to block Pennsylvania's voting for Biden.