Friday, December 2, 2016
Donald Trump tries to stop the PA recount
The Michigan recount initiated by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is on hold.
Attorneys for President-elect Donald Trump filed an objection Thursday with the Michigan Bureau of Elections, a move that under Michigan law halts the recount until the complaint is resolved.
Trump's team, in its objection, argues that Stein hasn't provided sufficient evidence to doubt the election results.
"All available evidence suggests that the 2016 general election was not tainted by fraud or mistake," the complaint argues.
The recount, scheduled to begin Friday in Ingham and Oakland counties, is now awaiting a Board of State Canvassers ruling on the objection. The board, which must resolve the objection within five days according to state law, is scheduled to meet Friday to consider the matter. If the board fails to adopt the objection, the recount will go forward, but if the board does adopt it, the recount will cease.
The objection in Michigan comes one day after the Wisconsin Republican Party filed a Federal Election Commission complaint arguing that Stein is pushing a recount there to benefit former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Stein's campaign has raised money and sought recounts in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, three states that Trump won narrowly last month in the presidential election.
Stein called Trump's efforts to block the Michigan recount "outrageous."
"The recount in Michigan, which has been driven by an outpouring of grassroots support in the state — will go forward," Stein said in a statement. "The Michigan Board of State Canvassers and Director of Elections has been a model of professionalism in moving this recount forward in an efficient, transparent manner. Yet the Trump campaign’s cynical efforts to delay the recount and create unnecessary costs for taxpayers are shameful and outrageous."
Obviously there was fraud going on in PA otherwise Drumpf would not have filed this request. His only connection to PA was he went to the University of Pennsylvania which isn't even state run. It would be tough for him to bully PA's officials into giving him what he wants.