Hillary Clinton’s campaign calls for the Electoral College to be briefed on Russian interference
With the Electoral College vote just a week away, Hillary Clinton’s campaign wants electors to get a briefing on Russian interference in the election. Actually, a group of electors (nine Democrats and one Republican) wrote a letter to James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, asking for a briefing. “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,” the group wrote.
Then they demanded a temporary security clearance to be briefed 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.”
On Monday, the Clinton campaign officially agreed with them in a statement from her campaign manager John Podesta. Podesta wrote that after the director of national intelligence and the secretary of Homeland Security confirmed that the hacking of DNC and Clinton campaign emails was guided by the Russian government in October, the Clinton campaign “decried” the Russian’s attempt to hurt the Clinton campaign and aid Donald Trump.
“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,” Podesta said.
Podesta’s statement tries to focus on the bipartisan support for the briefing, even though one Republican elector for nine Democrats isn’t exactly overwhelming support. Then again, even Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is calling on other Republicans to look into Russian involvement. Podesta wrote, “This is not a partisan issue and we are glad to see bipartisan support in the Congress for an investigation into Russia’s role. We believe that the Administration owes it to the American people to explain what it knows regarding the extent and manner of Russia’s interference and this be done as son as possible.”
The campaign also encourages the Senate Intelligence Committee to declassify any information about Russia’s role in the election in addition to the briefing. The intelligence community has confirmed that there was Russian interference during the election, but who knows if that could convince the 36 electors Clinton would need to flip to defeat Trump in the Electoral College vote. So far, only one Republican elector has vowed to not vote for Trump.
A briefing of an ongoing investigation into Trump and Russia doesn’t have to be about getting Trump out of the White House (although that would certainly be interesting), but with the Clinton campaign’s involvement in the push for the briefing, it sure as hell looks like that’s the goal. This is bound to get so politicized and fake-newsy that the actual goal won’t matter anyway. You have to admit, it is pretty insane that Russia wanted to get Trump in office. It sounds like a Die Hard movie.