With Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s popular vote tally continuing to rise, one former CIA operative has indicated and openly agreed we should have a do-over election as President-elect Donald Trump’s win of the White House is questionable.
Robert Baer, who is currently an intelligence columnist for TIME was on CNN when he said this:
‘The Russians, it looks like to me did interfere in our elections. We’ll never be able to decide if it changed the outcome, but I’ll tell you having worked in the CIA, if we had been caught interfering in European elections, or Asian elections, or anywhere in the world, they’d call for new elections. Any democracy would. I don’t see it any other way. The electoral college before the 19th has got to know whether it affected American perception.’
The Washington Post reported recently the CIA had concluded that Russia did interfere in the 2016 election to help Trump attain the presidency, so an ex-CIA officer would know best, you’d think.
Baer went on in his interview:
‘When a foreign country interferes in your election and the outcome is in doubt and the legitimacy of the government, I don’t know how it works constitutionally. I’m not a lawyer, a constituitonal lawyer. But I’m deeply disturbed by the fact that the Russians interfered and I would like to see the evidence because if the evidence is there, I don’t see any other way than to vote again as an American citizen.
He also went on to criticize Mike Pompeo, who as Trump’s pick will head the CIA, as a political appointee with his own agenda. However, Baer said he wants to see the forensics and soon. It’s questionable though whether Trump supporters inside the government and in the private sector would still take any evidence seriously though.
Americans will never know what the results could have been like had we had a perfect fair election. We’ll never know if Sen. Bernie Sanders had a fair shot in the primaries against the Clinton dynasty. Nor will we know if Clinton would have won had there been no Russian interference at all. The only way to do so would be to hold an entirely new election, which would first take states figuring out how to prevent Russia from interfering again which would be costly in and of itself. However, bipartisan steps must be taken to prevent this from happening again.
You can see Baer’s comments below.
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