The Hill reported today that,
Ten Electoral College electors have asked U.S. intelligence officials for more information on ongoing investigations surrounding President-elect Donald Trump’s relationship with Russia.
The group of electors, which includes the daughter of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), wrote an open letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper asking for the information ahead of their Dec. 19 meeting to formally vote for the next president.
“The Electors require to know from the intelligence community 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,” the letter read. “We further require a briefing on all investigative findings, as these matters directly impact the core factors in our deliberations of whether Mr. Trump is fit to serve as President of the United States.”
One republican elector, Christopher Suprun, wrote an article in The New York Times on December 5th explaining why he will not vote for Donald Trump. He cites the writings of Alexander Hamilton, Federalist 68. Many faithless electors have no begun to refer to themselves has Hamilton Electors.
Jason Easley of Politicususa writes that Alexander Hamilton argued in Federalist 68 that one reason for the electoral college was to insure “deadly adversaries” do not “gain an improper ascendant in our councils.” Easley argues the electoral college was created to address situations exactly like the one we are in.