Ten members of the Electoral College have signed a letter urging the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to provide them with classified briefings on Russia’s hacking and cyber involvement in the U.S. elections.
Christine Pelosi, Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi’s daughter, who serves as an elector from California, spearheaded drafting the letter and referred to the request as a “day pass” so that electors could be fully read-in before they cast their votes next week.
Nine of the ten signatories come from states that Hillary Clinton won, though Pelosi said the news media should “stay tuned” for additional backers.
“We further emphasize Alexander Hamilton’s assertion in Federalist Paper #68 that a core purpose of the Electoral College was to prevent a ‘desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils.’ The United States intelligence community has now concluded with ‘high confidence’ that a foreign power, namely Russia, acted covertly to interfere in the presidential campaign with the intent of promoting Donald Trump’s candidacy,” the letter states.
“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,” it reads.
Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta released a statement today saying that the letter “raises very grave issues” about the election.
Christine Pelosi told ABC News that the information would be helpful for members of Congress ahead of cabinet confirmation hearings.
“Was this all just happenstance, happening around Donald Trump without any of his agents encouraging it, other than the statements he himself made, or whether there is in fact more information?” she told ABC News.
Podesta stressed that the intelligence community had made it known that they were “confident” that the Russian government played a role in the hacking as early as Oct. 7 but “this matter did not receive the attention it deserved.”
“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,” Podesta wrote in the statement obtained by ABC News. “Never before in the history of our Republic have we seen such an effort to undermine the bedrock of our democracy.”