Michigan Attorney General sues to block the presidential recount

Posted at 10:06 AM, Dec 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-02 10:06:27-05

Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Friday he has filed a lawsuit to block the presidential recount requested by Green Party nominee Jill Stein. Schuette calls the request "frivolous" and says it could keep Michigan's votes from being counted when the Electoral College meets.

The lawsuit makes the same argument as the Trump campaign's objection filed on Thursday. Both claim Stein, as the fourth-place finisher who won a little more than 1% of the vote, has not been "aggrieved" by fraud or mistake and therefore cannot meet the legal standard for a recount.

Schuette also argues a recount will unfairly cost Michigan taxpayers. Stein was required to pay nearly a million dollars when filing her request. Secretary of State Ruth Johnson has said a full hand recount of the state could cost more than $4 million.

Schuette has filed an emergency motion with the Supreme Court of Michigan asking it to bypass lower courts and take the case immediately. Fox 47 News will be tracking this breaking story and will have new information as soon as it's available.