At least ten Electoral College electors have asked U.S. intelligence officials for more information on the ongoing investigations into President-elect Donald Trump’s relationship with Russia.
The group of electors includes the daughter of newly re-elected House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Christine. The wrote an open letter to Director of national Intelligence James Clapper asking for information before their December 19 meeting, at which time they are to formally vote for the next president of the United States.
“We are Electors who were selected by the voters of our states to represent them in the Electoral College on December 19, 2016,” the letter opens. “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.’”
After going through their reasoning, the group makes its request as follows:
“The Electors require to know from the intelligence community whether there are ongoing investigations into ties between 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.’
Nine Democrats and one Republican have already signed the letter. The lone Republican is Christopher Suprun, who recently had publicized that he would not be voting for Donald Trump and instead voting for Ohio Governor and former presidential candidate John Kasich, urging his fellow Republican electors to follow suit.
The letter on Monday comes on the other side of the weekend from The Washington Post’s report that the CIA believes that Russian not only interfered in the U.S. election, but placed its thumb on the scale in favor of Donald Trump and against Hillary Clinton. The New York Times also reported on a further matter in support of the CIA assessment — that Russian hacked into the Republican National Committee as well as Democratic entities, but did not publicize the information it hacked.
On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rejected Republican Senator John McCain’s call for a special panel to investigate Russian election interference.