In the latest bit of fun, senseless drama to hit the Electoral College since Donald Trump became the president-elect, a group of 10 electors says that they will not cast their ballots until they are given an intelligence briefing on foreign intervention in the 2016 presidential election.
The movement of 10 electors — nine of whom were pledged to Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton — has drawn the support of Clinton’s campaign.
The open letter was posted to Medium by elector Christine Pelosi — yes, daughter of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — demanding that they receive information about Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 campaign.
“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,” the letter read.
Meanwhile, former Clinton campaign manager John Podesta came out and said that he supported the demand.
“The bipartisan electors’ letter raises very grave issues involving our national security,” Podesta said in a Monday statement. “Electors have a solemn responsibility under the Constitution and we support their efforts to have their questions addressed.”
“Each day in October, our campaign decried the interference of Russia in our campaign and its evident goal of hurting our campaign to aid Donald Trump,” the statement continued. “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.”
You may perhaps remember Podesta as the man who fell for the phishing scam that led to some of the document hacking. If he had been slightly smarter, we wouldn’t even be talking about this.
Of course, the idea that this “did not receive the attention it deserved by the media” tells me that Podesta wasn’t watching much TV during the campaign months. I understand that the man was busy, but the fact that he’s overlooking the breathless manner in which the media tried — and is still trying — to tie Donald Trump and his campaign to the Kremlin shows that Podesta is either completely clueless or believes that Hillary Clinton and everything she claims deserves to be judged by the media in more or less the way she herself judges it. In fact, I’m not terribly sure those two are mutually exclusive.
Russia is the latest scapegoat in a blame game in which Clinton and her surrogates have lain her failure to capture the presidency at the feet of everyone but the candidate herself. It was fake news last week, James Comey the week before. Next week, who knows?