Trump's Chief of Staff says Clinton, Trump teams 'cut a deal'

Published: Nov. 27, 2016 at 1:39 PM EST
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Donald Trump's incoming chief of staff suggests Hillary Clinton is backing away from a deal worked out between the two presidential campaigns on how the loser would concede to the winner.

Reince Priebus tells "Fox News Sunday" that Clinton's team "cut a deal" with Trump's team specifying that once The Associated Press called the race in favor of one candidate, the other would call within 15 minutes to concede.

Priebus says that's just what happened election night.

But now he's questioning whether Clinton campaign lawyer Marc Elias is backing down from that deal by announcing Clinton will participate in a recount in Wisconsin and may do the same in Michigan and Pennsylvania. The push is being led by the Green Party's Jill Stein.

AP's director of media relations, Lauren Easton, says AP "calls races when it is clear that one candidate has prevailed over the other. We have no knowledge of what the candidates do with that information until there is a public claim of victory or a concession."

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says "there's nothing wrong with" pursuing recounts to ensure the legitimacy of President-elect Donald Trump's Nov. 8 victory.

The former Democratic presidential candidate addressed the looming recount in Wisconsin - and the prospect of others in Michigan and Pennsylvania - Sunday morning on CNN's "State of the Union."

Sanders says: "No one expects there to be profound change, but there's nothing wrong with going through the process."

Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein is fighting for recounts in the three states there were critical to Trump's win. Hillary Clinton's team said Saturday it would join the effort.

Sanders also said he would support changing the electoral college system, which allowed Trump to win the presidency even though he trails Clinton by roughly 2 million votes nationally.

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