Electors Request Briefing on Russian Interference in the Election

Ten Electoral College electors released an open letter Monday to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper asking for a briefing on Russia’s involvement in the presidential election before their meetings later this month.


Related: A Brief Introduction to the Electoral College


“We seek an informed and unrestrained opportunity to fulfill our constitutional role leading up to December 19th ,” the letter read. “That is, the ability to investigate, discuss, and deliberate with our colleagues about whom to vote for in the Electoral College.”

Russia’s influence in the U.S. election was widely debated during the campaign, leading the American intelligence community to investigate attempts by the Russian government to undermine confidence in the election. The Washington Post reported Friday that the CIA “concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency.”

Trump’s pick for Secretary of State, Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, also reignited similar concerns because of Tillerson’s supposed close ties to Vladimir Putin.

Trump responded to the allegations on Twitter Monday, saying in one tweet, “Unless you catch ‘hackers’ in the act, it is very hard to determine who was doing the hacking. Why wasn’t this brought up before election?”

“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,” the group of electors wrote.

All 538 electors will meet on December 19 in their respective state capitals to cast their official votes for president and vice president.

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