Clin­ton urged to chal­lenge re­sults as ex­perts ex­pose po­ten­tial rig­ging

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HIL­LARY Clin­ton is be­ing urged by ex­pert com­puter sci­en­tists and elec­tion lawyers to call for a re­count in three swing states won by Trump, pub­li­ca­tion New York has re­ported.

Per­sua­sive ev­i­dence has re­port­edly been found that shows re­sults in Wis­con­sin, Michi­gan, and Penn­syl­va­nia may have been ma­nip­u­lated or hacked.

The group, which in­cludes vot­ing-rights at­tor­ney John Boni­faz and J Alex Hal­der­man, the di­rec­tor of the Univer­sity of Michi­gan Cen­tre for Com­puter Se­cu­rity and So­ci­ety, is lob­by­ing Clin­ton’s team pri­vately be­fore go­ing on the record about their find­ings.

Their find­ings ap­par­ently show a trend of Clin­ton per­form­ing worse in coun­ties that re­lied on elec­tronic vot­ing ma­chines com­pared to pa­per bal­lots and op­ti­cal scan­ners.

Based on this sta­tis­ti­cal anal­y­sis, Clin­ton may have been de­nied as many as 30 000 votes. She lost Wis­con­sin by 27 000.

The vote in Michi­gan has still not been called as the re­sults were too close — and the 16 elec­toral votes in the state have not been given to Trump or Clin­ton.

Clin­ton would need to win Michi­gan and over­turn the re­sults in Wis­con­sin and Penn­syl­va­nia to win the elec­toral col­lege.

Time is of the essence if Clin­ton is to pur­sue chal­leng­ing the re­sults. The dead­line in Wis­con­sin to file for a re­count is Fri­day; in Penn­syl­va­nia, it’s Mon­day; and Michi­gan is next Wed­nes­day.

Both Trump and Clin­ton have de­clined to re­spond to ques­tions re­gard­ing the re­port, CNN says.

Mean­while, Trump “doesn’t wish to pur­sue” fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions into Hil­lary Clin­ton’s email prac­tices, a top ad­vi­sor said on Tues­day, a turn­around from all the cam­paign ral­lies when Trump roused sup­port­ers to chants of “lock her up.”

“I think Hil­lary Clin­ton still has to face the fact that a ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­cans don’t find her to be hon­est or trust­wor­thy, but if Don­ald Trump can help her heal then per­haps that’s a good thing,” Kellyanne Con­way said on MSNBC’s “Morn­ing Joe”.

That comes af­ter months of Trump nick­nam­ing his Demo­cratic ri­val “Crooked Hil­lary,” ques­tion­ing whether the Clin­ton Foun­da­tion is a pay-for-play scheme and rag­ing against the Jus­tice De­part­ment for re­fus­ing to pros­e­cute her for blend­ing pri­vate and of­fi­cial busi­ness on her home­brew email server. He told her face-to-face at a pres­i­den­tial de­bate that if he won the pres­i­dency, she’d “be in jail.”

Con­way’s com­ments were strik­ing be­cause Jus­tice De­part­ment in­ves­ti­ga­tions are his­tor­i­cally con­ducted with­out the in­flu­ence or in­put of the White House. Pres­i­dents do not dic­tate de­ci­sions on which crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions are pur­sued or their out­come.

The dis­par­ity be­tween Trump’s taunts on the cam­paign trail and his ap­proach now, Con­way sug­gested, is part of a pur­pose­ful shift away from at least the tone, if not the sub­stance, of his past rhetoric.

“I think he’s think­ing of many dif­fer­ent things as he pre­pares to be­come the pres­i­dent of the United States and things that sound like the cam­paign aren’t among them,” she said.

Trump him­self has ap­peared to wa­ver on whether he would want to seek fur­ther probes into pos­si­ble wrong­do­ing by the Clin­tons.

“I’m go­ing to think about it,” he said in a 60 Min­utes in­ter­view, his first sit-down in­ter­view af­ter the Novem­ber 8 elec­tion. “I feel that I want to fo­cus on jobs, I want to fo­cus on health care, I want to fo­cus on the border and im­mi­gra­tion and do­ing a re­ally great im­mi­gra­tion bill. We want to have a great im­mi­gra­tion bill. And I want to fo­cus on — all of these other things that we’ve been talk­ing about.”

Trump said in that in­ter­view that Clin­ton “did some bad things,” but ul­ti­mately the Clin­tons are “good peo­ple” and “I don’t want to hurt them.”

Con­way’s com­ments came as Trump abruptly can­celled a meet­ing with The New York Times on Tues­day, ac­cus­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion of chang­ing the con­di­tions for the ses­sion “at the last mo­ment.” The news­pa­per de­nied this and said Trump’s aides tried to change the rules. But Hope Hicks, speak­ing for Trump, said later the meet­ing was back on and he’d be “go­ing to The New York Times” later on Tues­day.

Trump met pri­vately on Mon­day with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the tele­vi­sion net­works.

The pres­i­dent-elect her­alded “more great meet­ings” in his Man­hat­tan tower as he con­tin­ues shap­ing his administration be­fore head­ing to Florida for Thanks­giv­ing on Tues­day. — AFP

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