Saturday, November 26, 2016

RECOUNT: Clinton Team Joins The Presidential Election Recount Effort; Trump Calls It A "Scam"

Over the last few weeks, lawyers and data scientists have been urging the Clinton campaign to consider recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania due to a questionable trend of Clinton performances in those state's counties that relied on electronic voting machines. The results showed that Clinton received 7% fewer votes in those counties indicating a strong chance that could have been the result of hacking and/or vote manipulation.

Hillary Clinton's campaign, who had been silent about the recount effort, said today that they will take part in the efforts to push for recounts in those states, joining with Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who has raised millions of dollars (5.4 million as of today) for the cause.

The Clinton's campaign said that because a recount was set into motion as of Friday they would be taking part in the effort to ensure that a "fair" result was reached for all the voters who participated in the election process.

Clinton's campaign lawyer Marc Elias posted on Medium blog that they felt compelled to be a part of the investigation due to the fact that this election cycle had been marred by such a unique degree of foreign interference in which Russian state actors hacked not only the the Democratic National Committee but infiltrated and disseminated the personal email accounts of Hillary' Clinton's campaign officials as well. He also pointed out that, as a deciding factor, yesterday the Washington Post reported that the Russian government was behind much of the “fake news” propaganda that circulated online in the closing weeks of the election.

Elias went on to say...

"We believe we have an obligation to the more than 64 million Americans who cast ballots for Hillary Clinton to participate in ongoing proceedings to ensure that an accurate vote count will be reported."

The Clinton campaign concluded that if Jill Stein follows through as she has promised and pursues recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan, they would take the same approach in those states as well.

President-elect Donald Trump, as if he could have possibly stayed silent on this development, dismissed the recount and exclaimed...

"The election is over. The people have spoken and the election is over, and as Hillary Clinton herself said on election night, in addition to her conceding by congratulating me, 'We must accept this result and then look to the future,'

Trump continued calling the recount efforts  "ridiculous" and a "scam" by Jill Stein "to fill her coffers with money,"

FACT CHECK: The Stein campaign said money beyond the filing fees would go toward covering attorney costs associated with a recount as well as "election integrity efforts and to promote voting system reform,"

Much to the chagrin and perhaps trepidation of the Trump campaign the Green Party's presidential nominee also has plans to file a recount effort in Michigan, where some media outlets have yet to officially call a winner, as well as Pennsylvania.

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