Earlier this week, 10 members of the Electoral College sent a letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to demand a briefing on the Kremlin’s meddling in the 2016 election and Donald Trump’s ties to Russia.
By Tuesday morning, the number of signatures from concerned electors swelled to 29. Then, as of Tuesday afternoon a total of 40 members of the Electoral College had signed on.
Written by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s daughter and California Democratic Party Women’s Caucus Chair Christine Pelosi, the open letter insists the Electors need a full briefing in order to fulfill their duties.
‘We are Electors who were selected by the voters of our states to represent them in the Electoral College on December 19, 2016. We intend to discharge our duties as Electors by ensuring that we select a candidate for president who, as our Founding Fathers envisioned, would be “endowed with the requisite qualifications.”’
The letter also reminds James Clapper that our Founding Fathers intended the Electoral College as more than a mere rubber stamp for each states’ election results.
‘As Electors, we also believe that deliberation is at the heart of democracy itself, not an empty or formalistic task. We do not understand our sole function to be to convene in mid-December, several weeks after Election Day, and summarily cast our votes.’