WASHINGTON (CBSMiami) — Some members of the Electoral College say they need more evidence about Russia’s involvement in the Presidential election before casting their votes.
“What I want is the information to be out there so that the American public and electors know who has been involved and make sure that we protect the integrity of the American democracy,” said Rhode Island Rep. Clay Pell.
80 electors, all Democrats, except for one Republican, have requested an intelligence briefing before meeting Monday when they are expected to formally elect Donald Trump president.
That Republican is Texas elector Chris Suprun, who says he won’t vote for the President-elect, even though his victory in the state awarded him all 38 electoral votes.
“I think this is the first time in America’s history where we have someone who is clearly unfit for office,” Suprun said.
The President-elect’s surrogates say intelligence findings that Russia meddled in the U.S. election to help Trump have been inconclusive.
And they dismiss the efforts of electors who want to delay the vote.
“It’s about Democrats that can’t accept the outcome of the election. It’s about de-legitimizing the American system,” said RNC chair Reince Priebus. “It’s not going to work.”
A bi-partisan group of Senators is calling for a new Senate Select committee to investigate Russia’s interference and cyber attacks in general.
“A select committee whose only focus is to get to the bottom of this is what is called for,” said New York Sen. Chuck Schumer.
The President-elect laid low on Sunday, beginning his holiday vacation at his home in Florida.