New Hampshire's 4 electors seek info on Trump, Russia

MANCHESTER, N.H. — New Hampshire's four Democratic electors have signed a letter asking for members of the Electoral College to receive an intelligence briefing explaining whether the government is investigating links between President-elect Donald Trump and Russia.

Ten electors have signed onto Monday's open letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, posted on the social media platform Medium. New Hampshire's four electors are incoming congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, former House speaker Terie Norelli, former Senate president Bev Hollingworth and former executive councilor Dudley Dudley.

The electors meet Dec. 19 to select the next president. The letter states electors should know if there is an ongoing investigation into ties between Trump and his associates to possible Russian attempts to interfere in the election.

"If Russia has and is meddling in our government and our politics I think it's outrageous and I certainly want to know all the facts that we can find out about it," Hollingworth said.

The CIA recently concluded that Russia likely sought to influence the U.S. election on behalf of Trump.

Trump, a Republican, must win support from 270 electors to capture the presidency. He's well above that based on the November election results, but not all states bind their electors to vote for the state's winner. All four of New Hampshire's electors plan to vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton, who won the state. The sole Republican to sign the letter so far is Chris Suprun, a Texas elector who has already said he won't vote for Trump.

"I am deeply concerned by Russian interference in our elections, and by Donald Trump's dismissive response to our intelligence assessments," Shea-Porter said in a statement. "I am also very concerned that Mr. Trump won't attend his daily intelligence briefings, and that those in his inner circle have such cozy connections to Russia."

Both Hollingworth and Dudley said in interviews they hope electors choose Clinton instead. Dudley said she would also consider a different Republican if a viable alternative is presented.

The letter makes no mention of whether electors would need security clearance or be subjected to any kind of background check before receiving the briefing.

"I would presume that would be the case," Hollingworth said.


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