The controversies surrounding Donald Trump’s upcoming presidency just keep growing. We have now reached the point where some people are asking, will he even be legally elected president? Early Monday morning, the drama took a whole other level when several members of the Electoral College wrote a lengthy letter requesting additional information on the ongoing investigation into the Russian hacking during the presidential election. The 19 electorate voters, who signed the letter, asked Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to speed up the process and share his findings before December 19.
On that day, members of the Electoral College will meet and formally elect Trump, who will be sworn in as the 45th president on January 20, 2017.
Many electoral voters have gone rogue since November 9. Some have stated that despite the fact that they will be hit with hefty fines they will not vote for Trump. A handful of voters have taken it further by quitting their job and saying that their conscience simply can not let them elect Trump because of his conduct, his ties to Russia, and the fact Hillary Clinton won the popular vote.
The letter, which was signed by a group of Democrats and one Republican, stated that the information provided to them will help determine if the president-elect is constitutionally qualified and fit to serve. It read in part: “The Electors require knowing 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.”
The shocking letter was published just days after it was made official that Russia did indeed hack the DNC and leaked embarrassing information about top Democrats to help the mogul win the presidential election.
While Clinton has not been sharing political statements since her devastating loss, many in her camp have been making their thoughts known. A few minutes ago, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta issued a statement saying that he supports the request made by Electoral College electors and the U.S. intelligence officials should declassify and release the information. Podesta said: “The bipartisan electors’ letter raises very grave issues involving our national security. Electors have a solemn responsibility under the Constitution, and we support their efforts to have their questions addressed.”
Some Republicans including Trump say Russia did not intrude in the election and others blame the Obama administration for the leaks.