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Podesta Joins Demand For US Intel Officials To Brief Electors On Russian Hacking

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Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta and Christine Pelosi are joining a call to force intelligence officials to give members of the electoral college intelligence briefings on Russia’s potential ties with President-elect Donald Trump.

The two prominent Democrats added their support to a letter drafted by 10 members of the electoral college. They asked Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to share information about Russia and the 2016 election season.

“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,” they wrote. “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.”

Podesta joined the cause, asserting it was important that electors know all of the facts before performing their state-mandated duty to vote for whoever the people of their state pick.

“The bipartisan electors’ letter raises very grave issues involving our national security,” Podesta said in a statement Monday. “Electors have a solemn responsibility under the Constitution and we support their efforts to have their questions addressed.”

“Each day that month, our campaign decried the interference of Russia in our campaign and it’s evident goal of hurting our campaign to aid Donald Trump,” he said. “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.”

Of the 10 electors who petitioned for the briefings, only one is Republican.

The 538 electors are slated to vote for the president of the United States Dec. 19, officially declaring President-elect Donald Trump the winner.

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