The U.S. intelligence community has evidence that Russia interfered with the U.S. presidential elections and favored Republican candidate Donald Trump. Now, 40 Electoral College voters are calling for an intelligence briefing on the matter before they cast their presidential vote on Dec. 19.
“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 open letter, published Dec. 12, reads, reports The Hill.
Christine Pelosi, daughter of Rep. Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, led the push for the letter. The 40 signers are all Democrats, except for Texas Republican Chris Suprun.
The efforts are part of an attempt by the so-called “Hamilton Electors” to deny President-elect Trump the presidency by changing their vote in the Electoral College.
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“On [Dec. 9] we learned from a CIA report that a foreign nation interfered in the 2016 United States election,” Michael Baca, a Democratic elector from Colorado and a leader of the Hamilton Electors, said in a statement, reports Salon. “We do not know all the details that led our nation’s intelligence community to come to this conclusion, but as an elector, what I have heard has made me even more determined to insure the world’s worst cyberattack doesn’t hit its mark.”
“Despite our protestations, this matter did not receive the attention it deserved by the media in the campaign,” John Podesta, the Clinton campaign chairman, wrote in a statement, reports The Hill. “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.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has announced that the Senate Intelligence Committee will be investigating the matter.
“We’re going to follow the regular order,” he said. “It’s an important subject and we intend to review it on a bipartisan basis.”
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"There shouldn't be any doubt in anybody's mind," Adm. Mike Rogers, director of the National Security Agency said on Nov. 15, reports NPR. "This was not something that was done casually. This was not something that was done by chance. This was not a target that was selected purely arbitrarily. This was a conscious effort by a nation state to attempt to achieve a specific effect."