ELEC­TORS SEEK IN­TEL­LI­GENCE BRIEF­INGS

The Denver Post - - FRONT PAGE - By John Frank

Ten elec­tors, be­fore cast­ing votes in the Elec­toral Col­lege, are re­quest­ing in­for­ma­tion about Rus­sia’s ties to Don­ald Trump.

One of Colorado’s nine elec­tors is re­quest­ing a na­tional in­tel­li­gence brief­ing re­gard­ing the Rus­sian gov­ern­ment’s ties to Don­ald Trump be­fore cast­ing his vote in the Elec­toral Col­lege.

Micheal Baca, a Demo­cratic elec­tor seek­ing to block Trump from win­ning the pres­i­dency, and nine other elec­tors of the 538mem­ber Elec­toral Col­lege signed an open let­ter Mon­day to Di­rec­tor of Na­tional In­tel­li­gence James Clap­per.

“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,” ac­cord­ing to the let­ter, which was posted on­line. “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 let­ter fol­lows the dis­clo­sure of a CIA re­port Fri­day that con­cluded with “high con­fi­dence” that the Rus­sian gov­ern­ment in­flu­enced the elec­tion to help Trump win. Trump dis­missed the re­port Sun­day, call­ing it “ridicu­lous.”

“Trump’s will­ing­ness to dis­re­gard con­clu­sions made by the in­tel­li­gence com­mu­nity and his con­tin­u­ing de­fense of Rus­sia and Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin de­mand close scru­tiny and de­lib­er­a­tion from the Elec­toral Col­lege,” the let­ter states.

The elec­tors who signed the let­ter also asked Trump to pro­vide ev­i­dence that he and his advisers “did not ac­cept Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence” and re­pu­di­ate the ac­tions.

In an in­ter­view, Baca de­clined to com­ment Mon­day about the let­ter but con­firmed he signed it.

The sign­ers rep­re­sent six states and the District of Columbia. Only one is a Repub­li­can.

The elec­tors are sched­uled to meet Mon­day to cast for­mal Elec­toral Col­lege votes from the states. Colorado’s nine elec­toral votes will go to Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton — al­though Baca and oth­ers are open to trad­ing those votes for a con­sen­sus al­ter­na­tive can­di­date to Trump. At least 37 Repub­li­can elec­tors pledged to sup­port Trump in other states would need to de­fect to force the ques­tion to the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

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