A House Democrat is calling for the Electoral College vote to be delayed until the electors can be briefed on Russia’s interference in the election. Rep. Don Beyerm(Va.) is the third Democrat who has come out in support of briefing the electors on Donald Trump’s possible ties to Russia.
On Friday, The Washington Post reported that the CIA had determined that Russia’s efforts were meant to aid the Trump. In a Facebook post, the congressman argued that the vote should be delayed so that that the electors could make an informed decision.
‘Recent, credible intelligence reports suggest a concerted effort by a foreign power to interfere in the outcome of our presidential election.
‘I believe that Electors should be given all information relevant to this interference before they make their decisions and before they cast their votes.
‘Congress must take whatever action is necessary to protect the integrity of our democracy. I call on the leaders of Congress to delay the date of the vote for the Electoral College until an intelligence briefing has been given to each Elector.’
Rep. David Cicilline(D-R.I.) and Rep. Jim Himes(D-Conn.) have also called for the electors to be briefed on Russia’s involvement. Himes, who serves as a member of the House Intelligence Community, attacked Trump for his defense of Russia.
‘Seriously. The falcon cannot hear the falconer. PEOTUS is attacking the CIA & defending the Russians. Attacking media and ignoring the PDB.’
Seriously. The falcon cannot hear the falconer. PEOTUS is attacking the CIA & defending the Russians. Attacking media and ignoring the PDB.
— Jim Himes (@jahimes) December 12, 2016
For his part, Trump has dismissed the claims of Russian interference as a “conspiracy theory.”
‘Can you imagine if the election results were the opposite and WE tried to play the Russia/CIA card. It would be called conspiracy theory!’
Can you imagine if the election results were the opposite and WE tried to play the Russia/CIA card. It would be called conspiracy theory!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2016
Out of the 538 members of the Electoral College, 40 have signed a letter asking to be briefed on Russia’s involvement in this election. However, only one of them, Chris Suprun, is a Republican. Suprun has publicly stated that he will not support Trump and there are rumors that other Republicans may follow suit.
There is a bipartisan effort in Congress to investigate Russia’s interference in the election. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has publicly stated he supports such an effort though he has not came out in support of briefing the electors.
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