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WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton’s campaign said Saturday it will take part in efforts to push for recounts in several key states, joining with Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who has raised millions of dollars to have votes counted again in Wisconsin.

But, in a post on Medium, Marc Elias, the campaign’s counsel, said the campaign’s own investigation has not uncovered any evidence of hacking of voting systems.

In the campaign’s most detailed comments to date on the recount, Elias wrote that while the campaign was not going to contest the results itself, it has decided now to take part in the effort to “ensure that it is fair to all sides.”

But President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday dismissed the recount and said that “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 said in a statement, which called the recount “ridiculous” in a headline.

The President-elect blasted the Green Party’s effort as a “scam” and accused the party’s nominee, Jill Stein, of trying to reel in donations that she won’t actually spend on a recount.

“This recount is just a way for Jill Stein, who received less than one percent of the vote overall and wasn’t even on the ballot in many states, to fill her coffers with money, most of which she will never even spend on this ridiculous recount,” Trump said. “This is a scam by the Green Party for an election that has already been conceded, and the results of this election should be respected instead of being challenged and abused, which is exactly what Jill Stein is doing.”

Green Party officials filed Friday for a recount in Wisconsin after reports of voting discrepancies.

Wisconsin Green Party co-chairman George Martin said that the party was seeking a “reconciliation of paper records” — a request that would go one step further than a simple recount, which is expected to begin next week, and that he hopes will spur an investigation into the integrity of the state’s voting system.

“This is a process, a first step to examine whether our electoral democracy is working,” Martin said.

Elias said the campaign had been quietly investigating accusations for a while and had received hundreds of requests that it do so.

“Because we had not uncovered any actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology, we had not planned to exercise this option ourselves, but now that a recount has been initiated in Wisconsin, we intend to participate in order to ensure the process proceeds in a manner that is fair to all sides,” Elias wrote on Medium.

“If Jill Stein follows through as she has promised and pursues recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan, we will take the same approach in those states as well,” he added.

Brian Fallon, spokesman for the Clinton campaign, said the team would not have sought the recount on its own and that they see no evidence of tampering so far.

“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,” he told CNN.

In addition to Trump’s total combined margin of victory in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania being only about 107,000 votes — by contrast, the Florida margin in Bush-Gore was 537 ballots — Elias said concerns about Russia’s interference in the election continue to raise concerns.

“This election cycle was unique in the degree of foreign interference witnessed throughout the campaign: the U.S. government concluded that Russian state actors were behind the hacks of the Democratic National Committee and the personal email accounts of Hillary for America campaign officials, and just 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,” he wrote.

A senior administration official said in a statement that there is no evidence of any hacking.

“The federal government did not observe any increased level of malicious cyber activity aimed at disrupting our electoral process on Election Day,” the official said. “As we have noted before, we remained confident in the overall integrity of electoral infrastructure, a confidence that was borne out on Election Day. As a result, we believe our elections were free and fair from a cybersecurity perspective.”

The Clinton campaign has met with lawyers, data scientists and analysts to assess anomalies in the results that would suggest a hacked result. Private meetings with outside experts involved sharing both groups concerns about the data and findings.

Clinton’s team said they investigated every theory presented and examined laws and practices pertaining to recounts, contests and audits.

“And most importantly, we have monitored and staffed the post-election canvasses — where voting machine tapes are compared to poll-books, provisional ballots are resolved, and all of the math is double checked from election night,” Elias said. “During that process, we have seen Secretary Clinton’s vote total grow, so that, today, her national popular vote lead now exceeds more than 2 million votes.”

The campaign plans to move forward in monitoring activities to better understand the results.

“In the coming days, we will continue to perform our due diligence and actively follow all further activities that are to occur prior to the certification of any election results,” he said.

It is “unfortunate” that all states don’t conduct “post-election” audits.

“Wisconsin and Pennsylvania conduct post-election audits using a sampling of precincts. Michigan and many other states still do not,” Elias wrote. “This is unfortunate; it is our strong belief that, in addition to an election canvass, every state should do this basic audit to ensure accuracy and public confidence in the election.”

33 comments

  • Freedoms SAFEST Place

    Jill Stein Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton are the scum of the earth. And I love women. But when the democrats were winning everything was great. But after midnight when numbers started to change the almighty ended up with egg on her face. The money Stein raised for a recount could feed hungry children, send then to school ,put cloths on there back, and help senior citizens. But that is not important to her. That’s why she is so proud to get 3% of the vote. Let me close by saying Clinton will never be my president (win or loose). I will never listen to anything she says. And if you think the protests are bad now, you haven’t seen nothing yet.

  • Tired Old Man

    These Democrats are unbelievable. They keep blaming the Russians and now the election was rigged
    and the votes were counted wrong. Liberals never accept responsibility for anything. You lost the election it`s your OWN fault you did not listen to the majority of voters and while were at it discussing Russian influence, what about all the foreign money the Clinton Foundation took in and hid in her basement and then deleted the evidence. Liberals are vile, mean vengeful people who talk about love and inclusion but exclude anyone who disagrees with their agenda. Lock her up and start an investigation into Stein who may be fraudulently raising money and using it for a different purpose. Typical liberal, the law means nothing to them. A re-count took place if Wisconsin when a labor law was being challenged in the WI. Supreme Court and two judges ran in a bitter and divisive campaign who were considered the swing vote. The conservative won and a re-count was ordered as the vote was challenged and after millions of dollars and many volunteer labor hours the finding was a difference of around 300 hundred votes which did not change a thing. With the Clinton campaign suddenly jumping into this bogus re-count issue I sense a rat in the woodpile. Accept the outcome and garnish what little is left of any dignity you may have and start listening to the voters and not the special interests and the elites.

    • Stan Johnson

      The majority of voters voted for Clinton. I know reading may not be your strong suit but, statistical analysis show that the standard deviation is too far off in these states to be accurate. Voters deserve to know if something happened.

      • Tomtom

        Why don’t you shut up and check the facts before typing. The Frein Report clearly shows that there was no jury tampering during the Kane trial. Paterno should be in jail…not O.J….

      • Tired Old Man

        In the last debate, if you will recall, when Pres,-Elect Trump refuse to give a definitive answer to the question of whether he would he accept the outcome or not, Clinton chastised him and said she was “appalled that in a Democracy of 240 years a presidential candidate from a top party would not commit to an answer in the positive that he would accept the results and said this is unprecedented in American history of presidential elections” and then promptly went on the campaign trail calling him all kinds of names and stating he must step down and now after she lost the election fairly look who is not accepting the outcome graciously. This is nothing more than the lying, scheming, crooked Clintons and the liberals trying to carry on a failed and divisive Presidency by keeping the Country divided and promoting unrest and protests. I also know that some people read and believe what they want from a liberal and biased press and I am also realistic enough not to believe everything a biased liberal media cares to present to me as truth and while they are doing a re-count I suspect that if they eliminate the illegal and dead persons the votes particularly in Phila. and Pittsburgh, we may even discover that Pres.-Elect Trump actually won the popular vote and you must also give him credit for his brilliant strategy for if he wanted to run for the popular vote I think he would have gotten it by spending more time in Calif. . He decided instead to go after the electoral votes and they (the liberal media, pollsters, and the Clinton machine) had no idea, brilliant. Either way, he is the next President of the United States. Live with it.

  • Marvin

    While they are recounting, take away all the votes from illegals and the double voting in the inner cities and I assure you Clinton did not win the popular vote. And it doesn’t matter anyway. The electoral college was put in place to give each state fair representation.

    • Tomtom

      Agree 100% Mervin. Paterno statues coming down and he sits in Sandusky cell. Lions have real coach in Sandusky to lead them against fighting Irish New year’s day. Didn’t Paterno realize the truth would come out??? I hope Joe Pa rots in Sandusky old cell.

  • Tomtom

    Bob Bolus + Donald Trump = RECOUNT…You can add Hillary to the list that mainstream media brought down. Just like kane, Sandusky, cordaro, McGinty, mellow, munchak, ………

  • Tomtom

    What do you expect from a former Nixon speech writer??? Bobby Kimmel was great on her show “Win Jill Stein’s Money”. Bueller??? Bueller???

  • Jeff Woehrle

    Fun fact: Fidel Castro’s cooling corpse shows more signs of life than the democrat party in the United States today.

  • Valfreyja

    If “the people have spoken” were true then Clinton would be the president elect as she wont he popular vote. Funny how Republicans meow about the unfair electoral college system all the time, except when it ers in their favor.

    • Jeff Woehrle

      Remember how grubers like you spoke of Hillary’s “blue wall?”

      That “wall” was an electoral wall. And you had no problem with it then.

      You lost. Deal with it.

  • magicmikexxsm

    where I work people came in who voted saying the machines flipped GOP votes to Hillary…so it wasn’t the Russians people, if anything Trump could ask for a recount, cause I think Hillary got votes she should not have…

  • magicmikexxsm

    Clinton Campaign to Join Efforts for Recounts in Several Key States……………….

    Lol this is an effing joke, it will get you no where……….

    From another story…..”Because we had not uncovered any actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology, we had not planned to exercise this option ourselves,” Clinton campaign attorney Marc Elias wrote Saturday in blog post. “”””””””

    So then why bother?????????? you have nothing to gain, except maybe a fatter bank account….

    Come Jan 20th can you say President Trump. hahahhahahahah lol democrats are tools, and fools.lick your wounds and just go away….

  • laura

    russia’s interference? funny those voting machines here in luzerne county weren’t flipping votes to trump so that tells me it wasn’t the russians screwing with machines

    • Valfreyja

      It’s not over until December 19th. The electoral college still has the option to actually do as the people said and acknowledge Clinton won the popular vote. If they don’t, there is no democracy in this land, as usual. The representative system is an utter failure.

      • JohnKimbll

        Why would the electoral college do that? Their very reason for existence is to NOT acknowledge the popular vote, and to instead give the states proportional representation.

      • sliverfish imperetrix

        I’m glad someone wants to make sure there was a fair and honest election. So tell me…are they going to have a recount in the states where Hillary won too?

      • jeanine

        There are about 25+ states that have laws set up for the electors. Should an elector in those states go against the winner of that state, they are banned as an elector for life. Michigan is one of those states which Trump won. Now even if there is a recount , most liikely find dead people , and illegals that voted which would bring down Hilary total even more anyhow.

  • thomas

    Well I think Hillary should take that millions of dollars at that lady raised and feed some homeless people and we didn’t use any way the delegates did so let it be

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