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Electoral College members demand info on Russian relations before voting to make Trump president

12:30 pm - 12/12/2016
Ten members of the Electoral College have requested more information from intelligence officials on the relationship between President-elect Donald Trump and Russia.

The electoral college addressed an open letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper prior to their 19 December vote that would finalise the election results.

US intelligence officials concluded that Russia conducted hacks against the Democratic National Committee and other associated officials in order to help Mr Trump win the election. President Barack Obama had earlier called for a "full review" of intelligence surrounding Russia's involvement in the hacks.

The electors have called for the release of information "to investigate, discuss, and deliberate with our colleagues about whom to vote for in the Electoral College".

"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," they wrote in an open letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

"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."

The electors said they found the Trump transition team's dismissal of the findings of the CIA concerning, and outlined concerns about Trump associates who are linked to the hacks of the Democratic National Committee.

Mr Trump and his team have repeatedly written off the intelligence official's reported findings.

"These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction,” the team incorrectly said in a perplexing statement. "The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history. It's now time to move on and 'Make America Great Again'."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters that Congress will launch a probe into the CIA assessment, and broke with Mr Trump on his support for the US intelligence.

"Obvisouly any foreign breach of our cybersecurity measures is disturbing, and I strongly condemn any such efforts," he said.

News of the probe comes after Republican Sen John McCain and Democratic Sen Chuck Schumer issued a statement calling for a bipartisan investigation into the reports.

"When a foreign power tries to influence our election or damage our economy, for that matter, this is serious," Mr Schumer told CBS. "And a bipartisan investigation that's not aimed at one specific instance but looks at the broad scope of this is just what's needed."


This election is wild yall
meadowphoenix 12th-Dec-2016 06:04 pm (UTC)
So since most of these electors were going to vote for HRC anyway, I assume this is just to accelerate this constitutional crisis by holding off the 19th vote? In which case, good for them!

Shout out to that elector from TX though.

Also, is Christine Pelosi related to Nancy Pelosi because....

Edited at 2016-12-12 06:04 pm (UTC)
bex 12th-Dec-2016 06:48 pm (UTC)
Her daughter.
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moonshaz 12th-Dec-2016 07:46 pm (UTC)

Well, this is an interesting development! And they're absolutely right that electors need to know all those things they mentioned before casting their votes. Especially the ones who don't think they need to know, or worse, just don't want to know because party loyalty trumps everything else for them (and yes, that pun was most certainly intended).

Things are getting more interesting every day, I must say. Even if we still end up with the tangerine twit in the White House, I think he may find his sailing to be less smooth and the waters choppier than he expected. I nean, even the turtle manMitch McConnell is feeling enough pressure to actually do something, which tells me his phone must be ringing off the wall with calls from pissed off constituents right now

Don't know about anyone else, but I'm stocking up on popcorn. With extra butter and a side of schadenfreude pie.

Edited at 2016-12-12 08:02 pm (UTC)
sugartitty 12th-Dec-2016 08:08 pm (UTC)
I'm leery of satan's favorite turtle getting involved because I feel like he's only supporting an investigation in order to cover up his own involvement in this debacle (his wife getting a job in Trump's cabinet is rather suspicious now), and maybe more, and not out of any outrage at the idea a foreign power meddled in our election.
blackjedii 12th-Dec-2016 07:53 pm (UTC)
i was saying this morning that it's a strange strange world we live in where the plot of Dr. McNinja and a Danish kickboxing 80s action hero now being the president makes more sense than the current Presidential mess

i will say it again - it's a strange strange world we live in where a Danish kickboxing 80s action hero now being the president makes more sense than the current Presidential mess
moonshaz 12th-Dec-2016 08:04 pm (UTC)

So true. The books that will be written about 2016 are going to sound like science fiction!

mhfromnh 12th-Dec-2016 08:27 pm (UTC)

lightframes 12th-Dec-2016 11:01 pm (UTC)
amw 12th-Dec-2016 08:39 pm (UTC)
These fucking guys. Like, for real. Let's protest Donald Trump by having a bunch of us who by convention would vote for someone different anyway, vote for someone different. Yeah, that'll show him! Pff. The only guy worth a shit in this "protest" is Chris Suprun. And Art Sisneros, sort of. All these blue state motherfuckers are showing their asses right now.
moonshaz 12th-Dec-2016 08:51 pm (UTC)
How does this constitute "blue state motherfuckers ... showing their asses"?

Seriously, I find that to be a very odd statement!
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fka 12th-Dec-2016 09:00 pm (UTC)
nothing is going to happen. law enforcement and the military heavily favor trump. plus, just think of all the unrest and violence a vote for someone other than trump would trigger.
omimouse 12th-Dec-2016 09:38 pm (UTC)
The second half of your statement is effectively a defense of extortion.
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lollycunt 12th-Dec-2016 11:34 pm (UTC)
That violence and unrest will happen anyway when he destroys the economy then blames it all on Muslims and immigrants
snarksnarklaugh 13th-Dec-2016 03:05 am (UTC)
Some parts...trust it's not close to all bb.

Second in the event some of these unmedicated Trumpkins start some shooting etc they will gladly mow them down. Psychos and sadists in l.e. military are rather equal opportunity like that bro. Less competition by fellow sociopaths at the very least ...;/

If you want a preview look at what happened in Turkey.

The majority of the public hates Trump. One hopes intel/le aren't stupid enough to go against that if it comes to it. Those fuckers couldn't even win Iraq they know better then to play that shit.
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rhenna_navi 12th-Dec-2016 11:20 pm (UTC)
Oh please god.
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