US judge to hear arguments in Pennsylvania election recount

Jill Stein, the presidential Green Party candidate, speaks at a news conference in front of Trump Tower, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, in New York. Stein is spearheading recount efforts in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A federal judge is ordering a hearing on a Green Party-backed bid for a recount of Pennsylvania’s presidential election result and an examination for evidence that hackers manipulated the election.

U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond ordered a hearing Friday. The state was won by Republican Donald Trump, who also captured the presidency.

The Republican Party and Trump oppose a recount. They’ve warned that the case threatens Pennsylvania’s ability to certify its election before the Dec. 13 federal deadline and that missing it could delay the Dec. 19 Electoral College vote.

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has spearheaded a recount effort in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, states where Trump won narrowly over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Stein’s team hasn’t produced evidence of hacking but calls Pennsylvania’s election system “a national disgrace.”

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