No briefing on Russian election interference for electors

Posted at 6:52 PM, Dec 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-16 18:52:17-05

Electoral College electors will not receive an intelligence briefing on Russian interference in the 2016 election, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said Friday.

In a statement, DNI pointed to an October 7 announcement by US intelligence agencies that said they were “confident” of Russia’s involvement in efforts to hack information related to the election.

Earlier this month, a group of electors for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton — a minority among the 538 men and women who will officially vote for President-elect Donald Trump as president on Monday — called for a briefing ahead of the vote in an open letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

The 10 electors from five states asked Clapper for information on “whether there are ongoing investigations into ties between Donald Trump, his campaign or associates, and Russian government interference in the election, the scope of those investigations, how far those investigations may have reached, and who was involved in those investigations.”