Electoral College members want Russia briefing before deciding president
Electoral College members have sent a written request for information on the Russian interference in the US election before casting their votes.
Ten electors have written to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper asking for the information ahead of their meeting to formally vote for the next president.
The meeting will take place on December 19, in line with the precent set for the meeting in previous elections.
Reports say the letter says: “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 signed the letter. The Republican, Christopher Suprun, has said that he won’t vote for Trump when the Electoral College meets.
Electoral College members decide who the next president will be.
Officially the US system works by sending delegates from each state who take the popular vote as indicative of how they should cast their official, binding votes.
The Washington Post reported three days ago that the CIA believes Russia did effect the outcome of the election.
Senator Harry Reid also confirmed he believed Russian agents had effected the result of the very close election.
Hillary Clinton currently has 65 million votes, over than two million votes more than Donald Trump, president elect.