This latest Electoral College update might not be music to Donald Trump’s ears.
Harvard constitutional law expert Larry Lessig, who himself had ambitions of contesting for president, has claimed that 20 GOP electors, which is more than half the number of electors needed to switch their votes to stop President-elect Donald Trump from becoming president, are seriously considering flipping their votes when the Electoral College convenes on December 19. Lessig claims to have this information since his anti-Trump group “Electors Trust” has been offering pro bono legal counsel to Republican presidential electors who are unsure about voting for Trump after the CIA recently revealed in a closed-door meeting that it had proof that Russia had actively meddled with the U.S. presidential elections with the aim of electing Trump.
Lessig, however, claims that these electors would not vote for Trump only in the condition that more electors join them, according to Politico.
“Obviously, whether an elector ultimately votes his or her conscience will depend in part upon whether there are enough doing the same. We now believe there are more than half the number needed to change the result seriously considering making that vote.”
While this piece of revelation might come as a major shock to Donald Trump, whose deficit in popular vote against Hillary Clinton has now reached 2.8 million, it could be a slight ray of hope for her. Having only managed to win 232 pledged electors, well short of the 270 figure that was needed to clinch the presidential election, this might provide the only chance for Clinton to still make a claim for her candidacy.
Lessig’s Electoral College update has certainly created a ruffle among pro-Trump voters and the GOP, but Republican National Committee sources still maintain that efforts are ongoing within the party to ensure their electors remain loyal to Donald Trump.
The sheer scale of the rebellion needed to mount such a shock is unprecedented in U.S. history, with the maximum number of electors ever becoming “faithless” in a single election being only six when Republican and Democrat electors voted against James Madison more than 200 years ago in 1808.
Even so, 2016 has been an extremely strange year in American politics, and now with intelligence reports claiming that Russia helped Trump clinch the election, calls have been growing either side of the political divide to launch a bipartisan investigation to find out if the meddling actually made a difference in the final results of the election.
Apart from Lessig’s claims that 20 GOP electors are on the verge of undermining Trump, The Hill reported that 40 members of the Electoral College now demand an intelligence briefing before December 19 so that they can make an informed choice when they go to vote.
As the report suggests, 10 electors had signed their names on the letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on Monday, urging him to give a detailed briefing of Donald Trump’s ties to Russia, and since then 30 more electors have added their names.
“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.”
Apart from mostly being signed by Democratic electors, Republican Texan elector Chris Suprun’s name is also on the list of the electors.
It remains to be seen if Larry Lessig’s claim that 20 GOP electors are about to deflect on December 19 holds any water, but if there is any truth in the claims made by the widely-respected constitutional law expert, the coronation of Donald Trump might still not be a thing which can be taken for granted.
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