Target: Director of National Intelligence James Clapper
Goal: Brief members of the Electoral College before they meet on Dec. 19, about Russian hackers who interfered in our election to benefit Donald Trump.
Every major U.S. intelligence agency has publicly declared that hackers backed by the Russian state violated our national cyber security by breaching both Republican and Democratic national Committee email servers and releasing selective information with the clear intent to hinder Hillary Clinton’s campaign and help Donald Trump. While Russia has been an indirect adversary of the U.S. for several decades, the country has increased its aggression and hostility under the leadership of former KGB officer and current Russian president Vladimir Putin. He used force to annex the territory of Crimea from neighboring Ukraine and has run devastating air strikes on behalf of the Aasad regime in Syria.
Meanwhile, Trump has business ties to Russia, has repeatedly called for improved U.S. relations with Russia, named Putin as a politician he admires during a campaign interview, and has nominated cabinet members who are friendly with Putin and his hawkish tactics.
All signs point to Trump being a puppet installed into a position of power and controlled by Putin. Before Trump is officially chosen by the Electoral College when they meet on Dec. 19, these citizens should be briefed on how close Trump is to Putin, how much influence the Russian government was able to wield over our election, and what the Russians stand to gain from a Trump presidency. Trump needs the support of at least 270 electoral voters in order to become president. Trump secured 306 electoral votes based on the results of general election, but some electoral delegates are not bound to vote the way their state did on Nov. 8. If 37 of these people find that Russia’s influence was too pronounced, they could change their votes and the election would be decided by the U.S. House of Representatives.
Dear Mr. Clapper,
Before they meet on Dec. 19 to decide officially who will be the next President of the United States, members of the Electoral College must know everything intelligence officials have learned about Russia’s involvement in our recent election. There are too many questions swirling now about how close Trump’s businesses are tied to Russia, how much influence a foreign government was able to wield over the our politics, and what Russia stands to gain from a Trump presidency.
If the evidence is not strong enough to sway electors from honoring their state’s decision, that will be a relief and a testament to the validity of our system. But the American public deserves to know that the people with the ultimate deciding power over the leader of our country made their decision with all the information available. We cannot allow any foreign governments, especially one as hostile as Russia, to have any unfair, nefarious impact on the results of our election. Democracy itself is at stake here. I urge you to grant the electors’ request that they be briefed on this matter.
[Your Name Here]
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