The Clinton campaign says they still accept the results of the election, but they'll be a part of the recount.
The announcement seemed to puzzle Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who filed a request for a recount in Wisconsin earlier this week and plans to seek recounts in Michigan and Pennsylvania as well.
"Why would Hillary Clinton—who conceded the election to Donald Trump—want #Recount2016? You cannot be on-again, off-again about democracy" Stein tweeted.
Stein said she wanted recounts because voting machines may have been hacked, and trust in the election system is an important issue for her party. But Clinton already conceded the election to Trump and didn't initiate a recount herself, so Stein questioned why the Democrats would join in now.
Clinton campaign lawyer Marc Elias explained in a post Saturday that they feel obligated to participate after receiving “hundreds of messages, emails, and calls urging us to do something, anything, to investigate claims that the election results were hacked and altered in a way to disadvantage Secretary Clinton,” especially in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania - states where Trump won by a small margin.
Elias added that there's been a "degree of foreign interference" in this election, citing the Russian cyberattack on Democratic officials and the Washington Post's recent report that the Russian government was behind “fake news” propaganda that circulated online during the election.
He said the campaign hadn't requested a recount because they found no evidence of hacking. But now that an effort is already underway, they owe it to the "more than 64 million Americans who cast ballots for Hillary Clinton" to make sure that an accurate vote count is reported. So when the Wisconsin recount starts late next week, representatives will be there to monitor the process.
Stein won just one percent of the vote in each state where she wants a recount, but her campaign will cover the costs - a fundraiser has earned over $6 million towards the $7 million goal as of Saturday evening.
What does Trump have to say?
President-elect Donald Trump said in a statement: “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.’”
He denounced the recount in a series of tweets Saturday, calling it a scam by the Green Party.
And he criticized the Democrats, saying they asked for the election night results to be accepted "when they incorrectly thought they were going to win."
He added several quotes from Clinton about respecting the results in the name of democracy, and called the recount a waste of time and money, saying that he won the Electoral College "in a landslide." Trump also claimed that he won the popular vote too "if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally."
Trump's former campaign manager turned senior adviser Kellyanne Conway responded much more bluntly.
“What a pack of sore losers,” Conway said in a statement to Bloomberg. “After asking Mr. Trump and his team a million times on the trail, ‘Will HE accept the election results?’ it turns out Team Hillary and their new BFF Jill Stein can’t accept reality.”