The Clinton campaign supports the call for intelligence briefing for the Electoral College regarding Russia’s involvement in the election.
NBC News reports that “Hillary Clinton’s campaign has thrown its support behind an effort to provide members of the Electoral College with intelligence briefings on Russian breaches of U.S. political organizations before the College formally votes to elect Donald Trump president next week.”
A group of 10 Electoral College electors have written a letter to James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence. They are demanding that, before the electors vote on December 19, they receive an intelligence briefing about Russia’s involvement in our presidential election.
Clinton campaign manager John Podesta said on Monday that “”The bipartisan electors’ letter raises very grave issues involving our national security. Electors have a solemn responsibility under the Constitution and we support their efforts to have their questions addressed.”
The CIA now says that they have “high confidence” that the Russians did in fact interfere in our election in order to help Trump. And 17 other intelligence agencies are in agreement.
This CIA finding has caused some of the Electoral College voters to question whether or not it is their Constitutional duty to block Trump’s presidency. They are pointing to Alexander Hamilton’s assertion in Federalist Paper #68 that a core purpose of the Electoral College was to prevent a “desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils.”
And now they want answers from the intelligence community before they vote in a week.
The letter in part reads,
“The Electors require to know from the intelligence community whether there are ongoing investigations into ties between Donald Trump, his campaign or associates, and Russian government interference in the election, the scope of those investigations, how far those investigations may have reached, and who was involved in those investigations. We further require a briefing on all investigative findings, as these matters directly impact the core factors in our deliberations of whether Mr. Trump is fit to serve as President of the United States.
Additionally, the Electors will separately require from Donald Trump conclusive evidence that he and his staff and advisors did not accept Russian interference, or otherwise collaborate during the campaign, and conclusive disavowal and repudiation of such collaboration and interference going forward.”
The 10 electors who sent the letter are:
- Christine Pelosi (CA)
- Micheal Baca (CO)
- Anita Bonds (DC)
- Courtney Watson (MD)
- Dudley Dudley (NH)
- Bev Hollingworth (NH)
- Terie Norelli (NH)
- Carol Shea-Porter (NH)
- Clay Pell (RI)
- Chris Suprun (TX)
The likelihood of the electors actually blocking Trump is slim. But it is still encouraging that more and more of them are voicing their concerns. And one thing is for sure. Even if Trump does take office next month, and short of a new bombshell he probably will, this issue is not going away. No matter what, Trump’s presidency will be tainted and questioned because of this business with Russia.