After all these money spent on a pointless recount in Michigan, it may be finally coming to an end.
The Federal judge lifts the order that had allowed Michigan’s recount, reportedly because Green Party candidate Jill Stein didn’t even come close to winning, and failing to have any evidence of fraud on which to base a recount request.
VIA Allen West
A federal judge Wednesday suspended a recount of the Nov. 8 presidential election that started three days ago and has yet to reveal fraud or significantly alter the results.
The manual statewide recount cost as much as $ 3 million but ended after U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith lifted a temporary restraining order preventing state officials from stopping a recount prompted by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein.
The recount triggered legal battles in state and federal courts and contrasting orders about whether Stein was qualified to request a recount considering she had no chance of winning the presidential election. President-elect Donald Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton by 10,704 votes, 47.5 percent to 47.3 percent, while Stein finished fourth with 51,463 votes or 1.1 percent.
Instead, Stein framed the recount as a quest to test the integrity of Michigan’s voting system and determine whether voters were disenfranchised due to possibly hacked voting machines or fraud.
Stein failed to show she was an aggrieved candidate as defined by state law and entitled to a recount, the judge said. He concluded Stein’s request to test the election system’s vulnerability to fraud lacked evidence.
It is obvious that Jill Stein didn’t want the outcome of the recount, but they played like a puppet for Hillary Clinton.
A lawyer for state Attorney General Bill Schuette summed up the situation nicely to the judge who ultimately decided this case:
“You would be the first federal court in history to order a recount for a candidate who lost by more than 2 million votes,” lawyer John Bursch said.
Stein has a “zero, and I do mean zero, likelihood of succeeding on the merits,” Bursch said.
It is clear that none of these pointless efforts could change the outcome of the election. However, this was a nice try for Jill Stein to earn some money while playing a puppet for Hillary.