On Monday, 10 members of the Electoral College sent a letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to demand a briefing on the Kremlin’s meddling in the 2016 election and Donald Trump’s ties to Russia.
Written by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s daughter and California Democratic Party Women’s Caucus Chair Christine Pelosi, the open letter insists the Electors need a full briefing in order to fulfill their duties.
‘We are Electors who were selected by the voters of our states to represent them in the Electoral College on December 19, 2016. We intend to discharge our duties as Electors by ensuring that we select a candidate for president who, as our Founding Fathers envisioned, would be “endowed with the requisite qualifications.”’
The letter also reminds James Clapper that our Founding Fathers intended the Electoral College as more than a mere rubber stamp for each states’ election results.
‘As Electors, we also believe that deliberation is at the heart of democracy itself, not an empty or formalistic task. We do not understand our sole function to be to convene in mid-December, several weeks after Election Day, and summarily cast our votes.’
Given the ample evidence of the president-elect’s ties to Russia, Russian meddling, and the GOP’s attempt to cover it up, asking for an intelligence briefing hardly seems unreasonable.
‘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.’
Hillary Clinton’s campaign has remained mostly silent on the various efforts to unseat Donald Trump. However, Clinton Campaign Chair John Podesta did applaud this latest effort.
‘Despite our protestations, this matter did not receive the attention it deserved by the media in the campaign. 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.’
Alas, most of those who signed the open letter to request an intelligence briefing are Democrats. The only Republican elector with principles who signed the letter is Texas elector Chris Suprun. Apparently, the rest care about nothing but forcing the GOP’s cruel agenda down the gullets of unwilling Americans who voted for Hillary Clinton by a 2.7 million majority (and counting).
As usual, today’s Republicans only seem to care about the U.S. Constitution and the intentions of our Founding Fathers when it suits their purposes. In the Federalist Papers #68, Alexander Hamilton argued that the Electoral College was meant to prevent the rise of unqualified demagogues and pawns of foreign powers. You know, like Donald Trump. The Electoral College is also supposed to preserve “a sense of the people.” You know, the 65,759,248 who chose Hillary Clinton as of the time of this writing.
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