- The Washington Times - Monday, December 12, 2016

A liberal group Monday used reports about Russian hackers helping Donald Trump in effort to get Electoral College members to switch their votes and elect Hillary Clinton president.

Progressive Change Campaign Committee sent an email to supporters calling for protests when Electoral College meets next Monday at state houses in each state, saying the Russian hack scandal proves that Mr. Trump does not have a mandate.

A series of new reports citing anonymous sources claim that the CIA secretly concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime during the U.S. presidential campaign hacked into Democratic email explicitly to help Mr. Trump win.

“This news makes the Electoral College protests happening in every state capital on Dec. 19 even more necessary to urge electors to respect the will of the people and vote for the winner of the national popular vote,” said PCCC spokeswoman Kaitlin Sweeney. “With Russia’s tampering, it’s more apparent than ever that Trump has no ‘mandate’ for an authoritarian, anti-unionist, right-wing agenda.”

Mrs. Clinton, the 2016 Democratic nominee, won the popular vote but lost the Electoral College vote by a wide margin. Mr. Trump easily exceeded the 270 votes needed to win, with 306 votes.

Mr. Trump has dismissed the reports that Russia hacked for his benefit. He called it “ridiculous” and “another excuse” from defeated Democrats.

Progressive Change Campaign Committee noted Democratic lawmakers backing their views, such as Rep. David N. Cicilline of Rhode Island.

“To the extent that foreign interference in the United States presidential elections may have influenced the final result, I believe the electors have the right to consider that,” Mr. Cicilline said.

Meanwhile, a group of 10 Electoral College members send a letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper asking for intelligence briefings on alleged investigations of Mr. Trump’s ties to the Kremlin.

The signatories to the letter included House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s daughter, Christine Pelosi, and former Rep. Carol Shea-Porter of New Hampshire.

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