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Electoral College Members Request Intelligence Briefing

ciaA handful of members of the Electoral College, including a rogue Republican who says he won’t vote for President-elect Donald Trump, are demanding an intelligence briefing on whether the government is investigating links between Trump’s campaign and Russia.

Ten electors on Monday released an “open letter” to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper requesting information about ongoing investigations on ties between Trump and “Russian government interference in the election.”

The letter, released on the social media site Medium, was written by Christine Pelosi, the daughter of top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi of California.

None of the electors is likely to vote for Trump anyway. The votes are cast on Dec. 19.

Nine are Democrats and the sole Republican to sign the letter is Chris Suprun, a Texas paramedic who says he won’t vote for Trump, citing a Federalist paper by Alexander Hamilton that says electors must determine that the president is qualified and independent from foreign influence.

Suprun attracted national attention with a New York Times column last week in which he said Trump is “someone who shows daily he is not qualified for the office.”

The letter says the Founding Fathers envisioned the Electoral College as a deliberative body and not simply a rubber stamp to ratify the results.

“The Constitution envisions the Electoral College as a deliberative body that plays a critical role in our system of government — ensuring that the American people elect a president who is constitutionally qualified and fit to serve,” the electors wrote.

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have passed laws designed to bind members of the Electoral College so that they are not “faithless electors.”


3 Responses

  1. As if they would change their vote if they heard that Trump was a Russian spy?

    At least the Republicans in 2008 had the decency not to try to intimidate electors and demand the CIA (which was under control of the Republicans at the time) investigate whether Obama was a Kenyan foundling (note: had he been born in Kenya to an American mother, he would still be a natural born citizen).

    This is the Democrats “pay back” for the “birthers. Note that the “birthers” were totally ineffective in blocking Obama.

  2. Is this payback for the whole “birther/birth certificate” saga from the early part of President Obama’s 1st term? It definitely seems to be cut from the same cloth.

  3. That 18 year old twirp from the West Coast whose undeveloped “consciousness” won’t allow him to cast the vote he was appointed to do also wants intelligence briefings?
    Any other kids on the block, who wish to be privy to the nation’s secrets?
    Besides, requesting intelligence requires one to be in possession of some already.

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