Electoral College Members Request Russia Briefing Before Vote

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Nine Democrats and one Republican in the Electoral College sent a request to James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, asking for information on the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to Pink News

“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 into the election, the scope of those investigations, how far those investigations may have reached, and who was involved in those investigations,” the request reads.

It continues, “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.”

Ten Electoral College members signed the request, and the one Republican, Christopher Suprun, has said that he will not vote for Trump at the Electoral College meeting.

The CIA released their conclusion that Russia did indeed interfere with the presidential campaign in the favor of now-president-elect Donald Trump.

According to the New York Times, this decision was not the product of any specific intelligence, but “was an analysis of what many believe is overwhelming circumstantial evidence — evidence that others feel does not support firm judgements — that the Russians put a thumb on the scale for Mr. Trump, and got the desired outcome.” 

Hillary Clinton currently has 65 million votes, according to Pink News, which is two million votes more than Trump received.

The popular vote does not decide the presidential winner, but may help the Electoral College to make their final decision.

The ten members will be briefed on the Russian interference situation before the Electoral College meeting, which will take place on December 19.


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