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Electoral College Members Want Details On Russian Hacks

| by Sheena Vasani

A bipartisan group of 10 Electoral College members requested the director of National Intelligence confirm Russia's election interference before they cast their Dec. 19 ballots.

In a Dec. 12 open letter, the 10 individuals wrote an open letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper for official confirmation, the New York Daily News reports:

The Electors require to know from the intelligence community whether there are ongoing investigations into ties between [President-elect] 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.

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.

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In addition, the 10 Electoral College members requested Trump himself provide "conclusive" evidence as well, the letter, published on ExtraNewsFeed, says.

They asked that he demonstrate "he and his staff and advisors did not accept Russian interference, or otherwise collaborate during the campaign, and conclusive disavowal and repudiation of such collaboration and interference going forward."

The letter was signed by nine Democrats and one Republican, altogether representing five states as well as Washington, D.C. 

Texas' Christopher Suprun, the only Republican represented in the letter, also wrote his own opinion article  on Dec. 5 in The New York Times:

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[The] Federalist [No.] 68 argued that an Electoral College should determine if candidates are qualified, not engaged in demagogy, and independent from foreign influence. Mr. Trump shows us again and again that he does not meet these standards. Given his own public statements, it isn’t clear how the Electoral College can ignore these issues, and so it should reject him.

"I believe electors should unify behind a Republican alternative, an honorable and qualified man or woman such as Gov. John Kasich of Ohio," Suprun, a 9/11 responder, wrote toward the end of the piece. "I pray my fellow electors will do their job and join with me in discovering who that person should be."

Sources: New York Daily News, ExtraNewsFeed, The New York Times / Photo credit: Global Panorama/Flickr

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