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Clinton Campaign Supports Demand for Intel Briefing Ahead of Electoral College Vote

Hillary Clinton
AP
• December 12, 2016 5:05 pm

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Hillary Clinton's top adviser John Podesta said Monday the campaign is backing a request by members of the Electoral College to receive an intelligence briefing on Russian meddling in the 2016 election before they cast their votes next week.

"The bipartisan electors' letter raises very grave issues involving our national security," Podesta said in statement, Politico reported. "Electors have a solemn responsibility under the Constitution and we support their efforts to have their questions addressed."

Ten presidential electors sent a letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on Monday morning demanding information on foreign interference in the presidential race ahead their Dec. 19 meeting, where electors will formally cast their votes for the next president.

The group of signatories was made up of nine Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's daughter, and a Republican who had already pledged not to cast his vote for Donald Trump.

"Each day that month, our campaign decried the interference of Russia in our campaign and its evident goal of hurting our campaign to aid Donald Trump," said Podesta, the former chairman of Clinton's presidential campaign.

"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," he continued.

The CIA concluded on Friday that Russia had interfered in the 2016 presidential election in an attempt to sway the election toward Trump. The president-elect called the charge "ridiculous."