Reports of at three least million undocumented immigrants voting in the election are floating around pro-Trump and conspiracy theory websites, including an article published on Infowars - a site that infamously calls Sandy Hook was a hoax - on November 14. They pointed only to past charges of irregularities in voter registration.
US election law experts quickly rejected the president-elect's claims as farfetched, while the fact-checker PolitiFact said Trump's claim was highly suspicious.
The recounts would not change the election outcome for Stein, who finished fourth behind Libertarian Gary Johnson, but there is a very small chance they could flip the states for Clinton. That's easier said than done; when I was looking at this earlier this month I couldn't find a way to contact Phillips.
Mrs Clinton's legal team said on Saturday it had agreed to participate in a recount of Wisconsin votes after the state's election board approved the effort requested by Green Party candidate Jill Stein, which Mr Trump has called "ridiculous".
While Stein has already initiated steps to get a recount in Pennsylvania and filed a request for a recount in Wisconsin, she could not formally do so in MI before the state's Board of State Canvassers met to formalize the results, the Detroit Free Press also reported. Trump's margin of victory ranges from 10,704 in MI to more than 70,000 in Pennsylvania. Top officials with the Clinton campaign have joined the effort.
The victor of the popular vote has lost in presidential elections four times before, but some of Clinton's supporters have argued that her large lead and likely victory in the popular vote should force politicians to reconsider the electoral college system.
Trump scheduled a series of meetings in NY on Monday with prospective administration hires, after spending Thanksgiving weekend at his Palm Beach, Florida, estate.
People involved in the transition process said Trump's decision on his secretary of state did not appear to be imminent.
Romney is scheduled to hold his second in-person meeting with Trump on Tuesday. Bob Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
But in an unusual public airing of internal machinations, Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway warned Sunday that the president-elect's supporters would feel "betrayed" if he tapped former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as secretary of state.
Piecuch said she had learned the news of Trump's tweet on a thread with other local election officials in New Hampshire, who were talking about the president-elect's latest allegation. Still, it's rare for Conway and other close aides who speak frequently with Trump in private to be so explicit about their personal opinions in public.
And Scott Hagerstrom, director of Trump's campaign in MI, also asked supporters in an e-mail to continue their volunteer work and help by observing recounts across the state.
Trump, however, did not take the recount efforts too kindly yesterday.
Stein told NPR she's not interested in helping Hillary Clinton but is interested in fair elections. Trump at times promoted other conspiracy theories during the campaign, including claiming that Senator Ted Cruz's father was somehow tied to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Ms Stein plans to file similar requests in Pennsylvania and MI today and on Wednesday respectively.
"I think it's a claim that's completely unsubstantiated", said Costas Panagopoulos, director of the Elections and Campaign Management program at Fordham University. As of Monday, she had raised $6.2 million to finance recounts, according to her campaign website.