Donald Trump’s lawyers called the recount request "insulting" and "lawless."
Jill Stein’s hope for a vote recount in Michigan was delayed — and potentially blocked — after Donald Trump’s lawyers on Thursday filed an objection calling the Green Party nominee’s request "insulting" and "lawless."
The four lawyers representing the President-elect issued the 36-page objection just one day after Stein successfully filed for a recount in the Great Lake State.
Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson acknowledged that the state’s Bureau of Elections will consider the objection and halted the recount effort for at least five days. If the bureau doesn’t adopt the objection, the recount will commence by the end of next week.
"Despite being just a blip on the electoral radar, Stein has now commandeered Michigan’s electoral process," Trump’s objection stated. "Simply put, Michigan should not grant this lawless, insulting request, and its voters should not risk having the Electoral College door knocked off its hinges, all because a 1% candidate is dissatisfied with the election’s outcome."
Jill Stein in turn called Trump’s objection "shameful" and "outrageous."
Stein, conversely, has maintained that the recount request is based in a plea for transparency, and released a statement Thursday evening condemning the President-elect’s objection.
"The Trump campaign’s cynical efforts to delay the recount and create unnecessary costs for taxpayers are shameful and outrageous," Stein said in the statement. "As the overwhelming grassroots demand shows … Americans are hungry for a voting system they can trust, and they won’t let these obstacles get in their way."
Stein, who received less than 1% of the popular vote, raised nearly $7 million in less than a week to launch vote recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania — all swing states that Trump narrowly won on Election Day.
Stein raised nearly $7 million in less than a week to launch vote recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
Stein’s so-called #RECOUNT2016 fundraiser was launched after a group of prominent election lawyers issued a report suggesting that electronic voting machines in the three battleground states could have been hacked. The group never provided any tangible evidence of cyber-attacks targeting voting machines, but said there were enough suspicious patterns for there to be recount requests.
The Hillary Clinton camp announced Saturday that it will participate in the recount efforts "in a manner that is fair to all sides."