Clinton campaign lawyer Marc Elias, who announced the decision in a Medium.com post, said although the Democrat’s campaign had not planned to exercise the option, it intends to participate and ensure the already initiated process “proceeds in a manner that is fair to all sides.”
Elias further indicated that Clinton’s campaign would take a similar approach if Stein follows through in her promise to pursue recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan. He, however, acknowledged that President-elect Donald Trump’s margins of victory exceed the largest ever overcome in such processes.
“Regardless of the potential to change the outcome in any of the states, we feel it is important, on principle, to ensure our campaign is legally represented in any court proceedings and represented on the ground in order to monitor the recount process itself,” he wrote in the post.
Contending that the campaign received hundreds of messages, emails and calls urging it to investigate claims of result tampering — particularly in the three battleground states Stein has pledged to challenge — Elias said Clinton’s team has quietly taken steps to rule out any possibility of outside interference in the vote tally.
The campaign, for example, has had lawyers and data scientists comb over results for signs of hacking, held numerous meetings and calls with outside experts to review data; attempted to catalog and investigate theories presented to them; examined laws and practices as they pertain to recounts; and monitored and staffed post-election canvasses, he said.
Although Clinton’s campaign has not found evidence of result manipulation, Elias said, it feels “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.”
Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon, told the Washington Post that the move should not suggest the campaign was not accepting the presidential election results.
“The post says we would not have sought the recount on our own, that we see no evidence of tampering so far, and acknowledge the margin in Michigan, which is the tightest of the three, exceeds the largest deficit ever overcome in a recount,” he reportedly said. “We note we are guarding our prerogatives now that someone else has launched a recount. Not sure what you could point to to suggest there is anything here that calls the results into question.”
Stein recently kicked off an effort to demand recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania — places where she said there’s a “significant need to verify machine-counted vote totals.”
The Wisconsin Elections Commission announced Friday that it had received a recount petition from Stein, as well as fellow third party presidential candidate “Rocky” Roque De La Fuente. The state must complete the recount by Dec. 13.
Posted on November 26, 2016 by Shannon Young