Electors Demand Intelligence Briefing Prior To Electoral College Vote (VIDEO)

Electors Demand Intelligence Briefing Prior To Electoral College Vote (VIDEO)

Several Electoral College electors have written an open letter to U.S. intelligence officials, requesting more information on ongoing investigations into president-elect Donald Trump’s ties to Russia, The Hill reports. And the move has garnered the support of the Clinton campaign.

Electors want to find out more about Russian involvement in Trump’s election before the Electoral College votes

Hillary Clinton’s top adviser, John Podesta, had this to say about the efforts of the 10 electors who wrote the letter:

“The bipartisan electors’ letter raises very grave issues involving our national security,” he said in a statement Monday. “Electors have a solemn responsibility under the Constitution and we support their efforts to have their questions addressed.”

On the heels of Podesta’s statement, the Democratic National Committee disseminated a Politico story revealing the electors’ request. In the wake of revelations by the CIA that Russian agents conspired to help Trump win, the electors are demanding a briefing before the Electoral College casts its vote on December 19. The letter is addressed to James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence.

And at least one Democratic member of Congress is saying the Electoral College should actively reassess or stop a Trump presidency.

On Monday, Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, told Politico that Trump is a “potentially dangerous president.

“It became clear to me last night that this man is not only unqualified to be president, he’s a danger to the republic,” Hines said. “I do think the Electoral College should choose someone other than Donald Trump to be president. That will lead to a fascinating legal issue … but I would rather have a legal problem — a constitutional legal problem — than to find out the White House was now the Kremlin’s chief ally.”

The electors begin the letter by defending the  Electoral College’s role in the election process. The Democrats argue that it’s necessary to “investigate, discuss, and deliberate with our colleagues about whom to vote for,” regarding Election Day’s results. One major area of concern, they noted is Trump’s continual refutation of intelligence assessments that suggest Russia’s interference in the election. Another concern: his encouragement during the campaign that hackers should unearth some of Hillary Clinton’s missing emails. Further, they note Trump has dismissed reports that the CIA has determined Russia did, in fact, intervene to help Trump win.

“Trump’s willingness to disregard conclusions made by the intelligence community and his continuing defense of Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin demand close scrutiny and deliberation from the Electoral College,” they noted in the letter.

The letter includes signatures from electors in five states and the District of Columbia. Among them: House Minority Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s daughter Christine Pelosi, who’s a Democratic elector from California; former — and future Congresswoman Shea Porter, from New Hampshire. She was recently elected to her old seat. Her New Hampshire colleagues, Terie Norelli, Bev Hollingsworth and Dudley Dudley also signed. Others who have signed include D.C. Councilwoman Anita Bonds; former Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell; Maryland activist Courtney Watson and Colorado Democratic elector Michael Baca, who’s the leader of an effort to turn the Electoral College against Trump. The lone Republican signatory is Chris Suprun, of Texas, who has already publicly criticized Trump.

Related: How The Electoral College Can Defend The Constitution And Stand Against Trump (VIDEO)

In their letter the electors note that they feel the briefing is part of their responsibility to protect the Constitution.

“Yes, we the Electors should have temporary security clearance to perform our constitutional duty in reviewing the facts regarding outside interference in the U.S. election and the intelligence agencies should declassify as much data as possible while protecting sources and methods so that the American people can learn the truth about our election,” Pelosi said.

While the letter doesn’t explicitly endorse separate efforts by Colorado, Washington and California electors to stop Trump, it represents the latest attempt by Democratic electors to bring in the Electoral College to prevent a Trump presidency, Politico reports.

Sen. John McCain, (R-AZ), has also expressed concern over the latest intelligence revelations regarding Russian interference in Trump’s election. He has termed the hacking by Russian intelligence services into Democratic campaign email accounts “another form of warfare,” the New York Times reportsaccording to Alternet.

As chair of the Senate’s Armed Services Committee, McCain has also said a Senate investigation into Russian hacking will be necessary, because the inquiry ordered by President Obama last week could be discontinued during Trump’s presidency.

The 538 members of the Electoral College are set to vote on December 19.

You can watch President Obama order a probe of the Russian hacking incident in the video below.

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Trump Photo by John Moore, Putin Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

 

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Megan was born and raised in Ventura, California. She has since lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Pacific Northwest, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Mexico, and Costa Rica. While she has always been a liberal, her travels have informed her politics. She has worked for more than 25 years as a professional journalist writing about crime, the police, local politics, feature stories, environmental issues and a variety of other topics. She now writes for Reverb Press.

Megan supports Black Lives Matter and fights against racism, sexism, the corporatocracy, climate change deniers and others who continue to destroy the planet.

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