Hillary Clinton has not spoken much since her concession speech the morning after Election Day. Even when New York Magazine reported that computer scientist extraordinaire had quietly contacted the Clinton campaign to recommend that a recount of votes, Hillary Clinton said nothing.
The Inquisitr reported on the computer scientist this week, saying that renowned expert J. Alex Halderman says the only way to know if hacking in this election occurred is by looking at the ballots. The only way that can happen is through a recount.
The day after the New York Magazine report, Dr. Jill Stein of the Green Party issued a statement and a fundraising request, stating that she would be filing for a recount in the three swing states of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, due to hacking concerns.
Hillary Clinton still said nothing. But her silence was broken today when Clinton camp legal counsel issued a statement on Medium expressing gratitude from Hillary Clinton to her supporters and saying Hillary Clinton would participate in Recount 2016 with Jill Stein, reports Bloomberg Politics.
Hillary Clinton spottings have been frequently reported by those living in the Chappaqua, New York, area where Hillary Clinton lives. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, Hillary Clinton tweeted a picture of the support she has been receiving locally.
But these spottings has been the most she has said publicly in weeks. Until today.
Bloomberg Politics reports that Hillary Clinton’s campaign lawyer, Marc Elias, has announced plans to participate in vote recounts in the three swing states of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. Elias did so in a Medium post, expressing the hurdles that must be overcome, and stating a 107,000 vote margin is unlikely to be overturned.
Even so, Hillary Clinton, through her lawyer, expressed gratitude to supporters for the multiple phone calls, emails, and support she received in the request for an #AuditTheVote and a recount of elections 2016. She’s also all smiles when asked to take selfies with supporters any time.
In breaking news today, Marc Elias wrote on Medium that if Dr. Stein is successful in her recount petitions, the Hillary Clinton campaign “will participate in order to ensure the process proceeds in a manner that is fair to all sides.”
Hillary’s lawyer also said that the Clinton camp had not initiated any recounts on their own citing lack of evidence of hacking. But Elias also said the following.
“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 than an accurate vote count will be reported.”
The consistent talk of election day hacking has left many concerned, including the Clinton camp, writes Marc Elias. On that note he said this.
“It should go without saying that we take these concerns extremely serious. We certainly understand the heartbreak felt by so many who worked so hard to elect Hillary Clinton, and it is a fundamental principle of our democracy to ensure that every vote is properly counted.”
Elias cited the “unique” element of this election, and the “degree of foreign interference witnessed throughout the campaign.” He acknowledges that the United States government has concluded Russian state actors were behind the DNC hacks this summer and the personal email accounts of Hillary Clinton and campaign officials.
Marc Elias also stated that the Russian government was “behind much of the fake news propaganda that circulated online in the closing weeks of the election.”
This is the first that any official has said in regards to the fake news during the election. The fake news has also been cited as a source of the Hillary loss. Elias continues.
“For all these reasons, we have quietly taken a number of steps in the last two weeks to rule in or out any possibility of outside interference in the vote tally in these critical battleground states.”
The steps include using lawyers and data scientists to comb over the election results and “spot anomalies that would suggest a hacked result.” The Clinton camp has also held numerous conference calls with experts on their findings.
And third, the Clinton camp has systematically made a catalog and investigated every theory presented to them. They also, of course, have looked at the legalities of it all, and what they are within their rights to contest, or not, and the legal merits, or lack thereof, of a recount.
News of Hillary Clinton participating in Recount 2016 is good news for her supporters, who consider Hillary Clinton to be an active fighter for justice. It comes after many supporters have been tweeting the pressure to “stop looking at the lawn” and get in the game.
Marc Elias writes that Hillary Clinton intends to do just that, get back in the game. He also says that regardless of whatever results a recount provides, the legal team of Hillary Clinton will “ensure the campaign is legally represented in any court proceedings and represented on the ground in order to monitor the recount itself.”
The Clinton campaign expresses gratitude to all of those who have supported Hillary Clinton, and to all of those that have “expended time” investigating the claims of abnormalities and irregularities of elections 2016. They will participate in the process to help bring peace of mind to the 64 million that have voted for Hillary Clinton.
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