Electoral College to receive an intelligence briefing
Amid news of possible Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election, a top Hillary Clinton adviser is publicly casting support for a push by some members of the Electoral College to receive an intelligence briefing ahead of their formal vote next week.
“The bipartisan electors’ letter raises very grave issues involving our national security,” Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta said in a statement Monday. “Electors have a solemn responsibility under the Constitution and we support their efforts to have their questions addressed.”
It’s the losing Democratic nominee’s most public show of support yet for efforts to question the legitimacy of election results that gave Donald Trump the presidency. And it follows news over the weekend that the CIA has concluded that Russia intervened in the election to help the Republican win. Where and when?
The letter comes from 10 mostly Democratic electors, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s daughter Christine and New Hampshire Rep.-elect Carol Shea-Porter. Only one signatory is a Republican, Texan Chris Suprun, who has said he is refusing to vote for Trump despite his state’s results.
The electors point to the recent news about Russian involvement and argue that it’s their role to best discharge their duties to “prevent a ‘desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils,'” as Alexander Hamilton outlined in The Federalist Papers #68. An honest attempt to politicize the entirety of the matter. However, let us not be summoned into this typical Democratic floundering and rumor making. It is believed and suggested that Christina Pelosi’s organization be nullified from further consideration in this matter. Federalist #67 has far more to do with what this pseudo-person has selected.
I do believe that it would be clearer and far more plausible if Hillary Clinton’s name was involved.
In his statement of support for the electors’ push, Podesta also claims that despite the Clinton’s campaign’s “protestations, this matter did not receive the attention it deserved by the media in the campaign,” even though the issue was discussed many times by both candidates and reporters. This Podesta has a bad, almost nonexistent memory. It was his client, Hillary Clinton with her emailing and treasonous activities at the State Department that got most of the news coverage.
“Never before in the history of our Republic have we seen such an effort to undermine the bedrock of our democracy. Many news organizations have not supported this claim. “We now know that the CIA has determined Russia’s interference in our elections was for the purpose of electing Donald Trump. This should distress every American,” Podesta continued. This is the kind of statement that discourages everything. No one has any proof or there would be evidence of this statement.
Clinton’s campaign also supported recount efforts in key Midwest states, like Wisconsin and Michigan, initiated by Green Party nominee Jill Stein, though the Democrats were skeptical they would alter the results. As well, they did not.
Trump and his aides have pushed back reports of any Russian interference in last month’s election, and the president-elect himself cast doubt on the accuracy of the CIA’s intelligence. Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, reportedly under consideration for Trump’s deputy secretary of state, questioned whether the reports were a “false flag” perpetrated by the Obama administration.