Published: Tue, December 13, 2016
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Trump's lawyers intervene in lawsuit to free electors

Trump's lawyers intervene in lawsuit to free electors

Just over a month after he called claims of a "rigged" election "delusional", Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign chairman on Monday backed calls for a group of renegade electors to receive an intelligence briefing on alleged political interference by Russian Federation - days before the Electoral College is set to vote. "Electors have a solemn responsibility under the Constitution and we support their efforts to have their questions addressed", Podesta said, the Journal reported.

The Seattle Times reports Bret Chiafalo and Levi Guerra argue the $1000 penalty is unconstitutional, and that they should be able to cast their votes as they see fit when the Electoral College meets December 19.

For months now, it's been understood that Russian Federation interfered with the United States' election. The electors include Christine Pelosi of California, the daughter of Democrat Nancy Pelosi, and Michael Baca of Colorado, who is leading a campaign against Trump in the Electoral College.

Even Harry Truman edged Trump's performance with just over 57 percent of the electoral votes in 1948.

Electoral College expert George C. Edwards III, a political science professor at Texas A&M University, told ABC News that Podesta's public call for electors to be briefed is "certainly not typical, that's for sure".

The letter was signed by nine Democrats and one Republican, altogether representing five states as well as Washington, D.C.

It should be made clear that there's nothing to suggest that the other 528 electors have any such interest in doing anything other than voting for their state's chosen candidate.

U.S. District Judge Wiley Daniel denied a request by two Colorado electors who contended that the law binding their vote to Colorado vote victor Hillary Clinton violated their First Amendment rights and the intents of the Constitution's framers.

"Despite our protestations, this matter did not receive the attention it deserved by the media in the campaign".

After reports saying the Central Intelligence Agency believes Russian Federation meddled in the election to help elect Trump, a bipartisan group of members of Congress has come forward to call for a full investigation into Russia's potential role in the election. "This should distress every American", he continued. "Never before in the history of our Republic have we seen such an effort to undermine the bedrock of our democracy".

They also asked for "all investigative findings" from the intelligence community on Russia's involvement in the 2016 election. Trump won the votes of 306 electors in last month's election, while Clinton won 232. Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, reportedly under consideration for Trump's deputy secretary of state, questioned whether the reports were a "false flag" perpetrated by the Obama administration.

GOP congressional leaders are supporting an investigation into whether Russian Federation did interfere. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., also said in a statement that Congress "must condemn and push back forcefully against any state-sponsored cyber attacks on our democratic process".

Democratic congressional leaders have been far more direct in their criticism and accusations.

About an hour after the letter was sent, the Clinton campaign came out in support of the request, Politico reports. "And he ignored it".

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