Electoral College voters will not receive an intelligence briefing regarding Russian interference in the recent election, according to NPR.
Fifty-four of the 232 Democratic electors had signed a letter requesting a briefing before the Electoral College’s vote on December 19th, as reported by The Hill.
The letter asked Director of National Intelligence James Clapper for information on what role, if any, Russia had in the election and if it aided getting Trump elected.
“Separate from Mr. Trump’s own denials of Russian involvement in the election, the confirmed communication between Trump’s aides and those associated with the Russian election interference activity raise serious concerns that must be addressed before we cast our votes.”
The communication goes on to say, “Additionally, the Electors will separately require from Donald Trump conclusive evidence that he and his staff and advisors did not accept Russian interference, or otherwise collaborate during the campaign, and conclusive disavowal and repudiation of such collaboration and interference going forward.”
Christine Pelosi, daughter of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), was among one of ten original signers of the letter. Pelosi is also responsible for organizing the efforts of the Democratic electors.
Subsequent signees have all been Democrats, except for Republican Chris Suprun of Texas.
The electors’ letter came after a source from the CIA released information saying that Russian hackers were trying to help Trump win the election. The FBI recently said it supported the CIA’s conclusions on Russian interference.
John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager has supported the efforts made by the electors.
In a statement on Monday, he said, “Despite our protestations, this matter did not receive the attention it deserved by the media in the campaign. We now know the CIA has determined Russia’s interference in our election was for the purpose of electing Donald Trump. This should distress every American.”
While the allegations of interference from the foreign country continue to circulate, President-elect Trump has fiercely rejected reports that Russia assisted in his election calling the claims “ridiculous,” and as “another excuse” from Democrats disappointed by his win.
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