Six presidential electors today called on President Obama to direct the CIA to release its findings on Russia’s attempt to influence the U.S. presidential election in time for all electors to consider it before the Electoral College meets on Dec. 19.
In a letter to Obama, the six electors—from California, Texas, Colorado, and Washington state—said it would be a “dereliction of duty” for electors to vote for president and vice president on Dec. 19 without first reviewing the CIA’s findings on Russian hacking.
Electors writing to Obama were: Vinzenz Koller of California; Polly Baca, Micheal Baca, Robert Nemanich of Colorado; Bret Chiafalo of Washington state; and Christopher Suprun of Texas. Democrat Hillary Clinton won California, Colorado, and Washington state on Nov. 8. Republican Donald Trump carried Texas.
“We have learned that the CIA has concluded with ‘high confidence’ that Russia sought to influence the U.S. election,” the electors wrote to Obama. They told the president that, “As members of the Electoral College, who will be casting votes for President and Vice President on December 19, 2016, we are seriously concerned that participating in that vote without this new information would be a dereliction of our duty.”
The electors asked Obama to make “information concerning the Russian government and the U.S. election, and any other relevant information discovered by the CIA … available to all Presidential Electors for their review before December 19, 2016.”