Reince Priebus, the current chairman of the Republican National Committee recently tapped by Donald Trump to serve as his incoming chief of staff, suggested today that Hillary Clinton is appearing to renege from a deal struck by the two presidential campaigns involving how a concession would play out after the election.
Appearing on “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace, Priebus indicated that the Clinton campaign “cut a deal” with the Trump campaign specifying that when the Associated Press called the race in either candidates’s favor, the other candidate would formally call to concede within 15 minutes of the AP announcement.
Priebus noted that, on election night, Clinton held her end of the deal. However, Priebus also stated that the recent move by Clinton lawyer Marc Elias indicating that the Clinton campaign will take part in overseeing election recount efforts appears to be a direct violation of that agreement.
There are no indications that the Associated Press had any advance knowledge of this agreement between the two candidates. Lauren Easton, the AP Director of Media relations, said today that the 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.”