This week, ten members of the Electoral College sent a letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper seeking more information about Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election. The original ten – nine Democrats and one Texas Republican – were joined Tuesday by 20 more Democrats in their call for an intelligence briefing before December 19, when they are scheduled to vote for the president.
“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 electors wrote.
On Monday, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, John Podesta, added his voice to the mix, campaigning for an intelligence briefing on behalf of the electors.
“The bipartisan electors’ letter raises very grave issues involving our national security,” Podesta said in statement. “Electors have a solemn responsibility under the Constitution and we support their efforts to have their questions addressed.”
“Our campaign decried the interference of Russia in our campaign and its evident goal of hurting our campaign to aid Donald Trump,” said Podesta. “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.”
In their push for a briefing, the electors say they want to know “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.”
President-elect Trump continues to deny the narrative, forwarded by the CIA, that the Russian government was responsible for the hacks into the DNC servers and Podesta’s email. In an interview with Fox News Sunday, Trump called the idea “ridiculous” and said there was “great confusion” within the intelligence community as to who was behind the digital attacks.