RI Electors Join Call For CIA Info On Russia

Dec 15, 2016

The chair of the state’s Democratic Party has signed onto a letter demanding more information for the Electoral College about alleged Russian efforts to influence the U.S. election. 

Joseph McNamara and electors from several states have written to U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper about their concerns, after the CIA reported that Russia sought to sway the election for Donald Trump. Rhode Island elector, and fellow Democrat, Clay Pell also signed the letter.

Trump has said he thinks allegations of Russian tampering are ridiculous, suggesting that Democrats are unable to accept the results of the election. But the electors requesting information have cited the public's right to information.

“I think it is integral to our system that when information is referred to or brought forward that relates to elections that as much transparency as possible is involved,” said McNamara. “With all due respect to the President-elect, not only is he wrong but I believe he is contributing to undermine the system.”

McNamara said he felt it was important to release any information about possible Russian ties to the election before the Electoral College casts its votes for President on Monday.

The letter was initially sent by 10 electors, but the Associated Press reports that number has grown to 40, including one Republican.