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Nick Merrill

The following is by Charlie Baker, former Hillary for America Chief Administrative Officer, who asked me if I would post this:

In light of recent claims about Hillary for America’s work with the DNC during the 2016 campaign, it is important to clarify a few things and set the record straight.

First, our campaign was proud to raise money for the Democratic National Committee. The DNC was deeply in debt, and the campaign’s fundraising kept it afloat during the campaign season. In fact, as a result of the campaign’s arrangement and Hillary Clinton’s fundraising efforts, the DNC was in a better financial position following the election than it had been in decades. Such agreements are common. Al Gore’s campaign had one, so did John Kerry’s. So did Donald Trump’s. Senator Sanders entered into an agreement with the DNC as well, but raised little to no money. That is not an insult, it is just a fact. As a result, Hillary for America was keeping the party afloat, which included state party funding to administer caucuses, which Secretary Clinton lost the majority of.

Hillary Clinton was the first female nominee of a major party. She won the nomination because she earned nearly 4 million more votes than her closest opponent.

America is facing unprecedented challenges right now. Our focus needs to be on advocating for policies that help Americans, standing up against those that don’t, and electing Democrats on Tuesday, next year, and beyond.

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It began with this.

WE STAND WITH DONNA!

Donna Brazile is an amazing woman and strong Democrat who has fought tirelessly to protect our voting rights, provided a voice for the voiceless and championed issues like increasing the min wage and equal pay for women. We stand with Donna, because Donna stands and has always stood with US! Looking forward to her continued service on the DNC as she consistently puts people first!

I received it in Mark Murphy’s name.  Mark is my friend. The message was that elements were trying to push Donna Brazile out of the Democratic Party. That didn’t seem fair, so I signed.

Then came an email request from Donna to donate to the party. So I did. In support.

Today’s breaking news, starting with an excerpt in Politico and followed by stories in several major publications  including The Daily Beast, The New York Post, and Newsweek to name a few, that Donna Brazile has a book out in which she supposedly describes how Hillary Clinton “took over” the Democratic Party (CNN is using the verb “hijacked”) came as a shock.

I will not link to any of the articles. What I can tell you is that DB is trending on Twitter and a good deal of of the comments are calling her out for her lies and her self-promotion. Here are a few examples, but you should go look for yourself. Some retweeting wouldn’t hurt while you’re there.

On Facebook, all my PUMA friends suddenly came roaring through!

After Hillary accepted Secretary of State, I purged most of the PUMA posts here although I have occasionally referred to our angry coalition. I didn’t want to affect opinions of Hillary’s work.

But now the game has changed. We thought, in supporting DB these past few weeks, that we were supporting the traditional Dem Party. Now it appears that Donna has tossed her support toward Bernie, who remains an Independent, and his “revolution” that wants to drive the party far to the left.

It all smells like political treachery, self-promotion, and week-old jambalaya. We are not having it!

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I am not big on post mortems.  Living through that 2015 – 2016 campaign season was painful enough one time around. In her Candidate Confessional podcast for HuffPo, Jennifer Palmieri, communications director for Hillary for America,  revisits the difficulty she encountered trying to get the press to buy into the seriousness of the Russian meddling. There is a lesson here, especially for the press.


The most ignored story of the 2016 presidential campaign is the press corps’ unwillingness to focus on Russia’s election meddling before election night, according to one of Hillary Clinton’s former top aides.

After all, the circumstances that led to the accusations of collusion that continue to dog President Donald Trump were visible during the campaign itself. The same Trump associates who are currently being questioned for potential ties to the Kremlin had senior positions on his election team.

But to the eternal frustration of Clinton’s camp, the press never seemed interested in the Russian-meddling angle during the campaign.

In the latest episode of “Candidate Confessional,” Jennifer Palmieri, Clinton’s campaign communications director, recounts how she tried to repeatedly get reporters to write about Russia, to little effect.

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Hillary Clinton’s campaign team was frustrated the press wouldn’t focus on potential Russian meddling in the election until after Election Day.

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Hillary for America’s Communications Director, Jennifer Palmieri, penned this op-ed for the Washington Post.

Democrats can still fight back now. Here’s how.

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Jennifer Palmieri was communications director for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

At the Democratic convention in Philadelphia last summer, Jake Sullivan and I took to our golf carts one afternoon to make the rounds of the television networks’ tents in the parking lot of the Wells Fargo Center. It is standard for presidential campaign staffers to brief networks on what to expect during that night’s session. But on this day, we were on a mission to get the press to focus on something even we found difficult to process: the prospect that Russia had not only hacked and stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee, but that it had done so to help Donald Trump and hurt Hillary Clinton.

Sullivan was Clinton’s policy adviser. He had been Vice President Joe Biden’s national security adviser, a deputy to then-Secretary Clinton at the State Department and a lead negotiator of the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran. He is a widely respected national security expert and, as he does every day, he spoke carefully, without hyperbole. All we had to go on then was what had been reported by the press. We weren’t sure if Russia was doing this to undermine Americans’ faith in our political process or if it was trying to make Trump the next president. But we wanted to raise the alarm.

We did not succeed.

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Over the 12 days prior to New Year’s Day, the tradition here has been to provide a retrospective of the past year. 2016 was a busy year. It was a campaign year.  It began with a lot of hope and celebration. That’s going to make this a painful endeavor down the line. (Please see the note at the bottom of this post.)

In January, the primary campaign, after a holiday hiatus, kicked off 2016 in Derry and Concord, NH.

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets members of the Red Star Twirlers, who performed at her campaign town hall meeting, in Derry, New Hampshire January 3, 2016. REUTERS/Brian SnyderDemocratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, center, takes questions during a town hall campaign event Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Derry, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes a question during a town hall campaign event Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Derry, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Next it was on to IA.  Davenport.

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listens to her introduction at a campaign event in Davenport, Iowa, January 4, 2016. REUTERS/Jim YoungU.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign event in Davenport, Iowa, January 4, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

DesMoines and Cedar Rapids

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Osage and Sioux City, and an appearance on Hardball.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton poses for a photo with Cynthia Johnson of Osage, Iowa, during a campaign stop at the Osage Public Safety Center, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Osage, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reacts to supporters during a campaign stop at the Osage Public Safety Center, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Osage, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton talks with Paul Bodtke of Osage, Iowa during a campaign stop at the Osage Public Safety Center, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Osage, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves to the crowd as she arrives at a campaign event in Sioux City, Iowa, January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jim YoungU.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton hugs a woman after her introduction at a campaign event in Sioux City, Iowa, January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jim YoungCX_dfhKWwAAPBxM.png large

Council Bluffs

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets supporters during a campaign stop at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)01-05-16-Z-04

Next stop Nevada: Henderson and Las Vegas

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign event at a senior community center in Henderson, Nevada January 6, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking01-06-16-Y-04U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton talks to students making lasagna while touring the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas in North Las Vegas, Nevada January 6, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

The Nevada State Democratic Dinner

Supporters of U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wave flashing lights at a Democratic fundraising dinner featuring all three candidates in Las Vegas, Nevada January 6, 2016. Martin O'Malley and Bernie Sanders were also expected to attend. REUTERS/Rick WilkingDemocratic presidential candidates pose on stage before a fundraiser in Las Vegas, Nevada January 6, 2016. Left to right are Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley, Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) and Bernie Sanders. REUTERS/Rick Wilking TPX IMAGES OF THE DAYDemocratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gestures as she walks on stage at a Democratic fundraising dinner featuring all three candidates in Las Vegas, Nevada January 6, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking TPX IMAGES OF THE DAYDemocratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stands on stage at the Battle Born Battleground First in the West Caucus Dinner, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., holds up the hand of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on stage at the Battle Born Battleground First in the West Caucus Dinner, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, in Las Vegas. Democratic presidential candidate, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is at right. (AP Photo/John Locher)Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, left, and Martin O'Malley, second from left, stand on stage with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., during the Battle Born Battleground First in the West Caucus Dinner, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Hillary launched an outreach to Asian American and Pacific Islanders.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, left, is welcomed by Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., before addressing Asian American and Pacific Islander supporters in San Gabriel, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Democratic presidential hopeful former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses Asian American and Pacific Islander supporters in San Gabriel, Calif., on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016. Clinton traveled to Southern California to rally voters of Asian American and Pacific Islander descent, looking to tap into the nation's fastest growing racial minority. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, middle, is welcomed by Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., at podium, before addressing Asian American and Pacific Islander supporters in San Gabriel, Calif., on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Back to IA.  Davenport

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton shares a laugh with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx during a rally, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, in Waterloo, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx listens at left, as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign rally, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, in Waterloo, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton smiles as she listens to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx speak at a campaign rally Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, in Waterloo, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)01-11-16-Z-02

The Brown and Black Forum in Des Moines

DES MOINES, IA - JANUARY 11: Journalist Jorge Ramos and democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton (R) pictured onstage during the FUSION presents the Brown & Black Democratic Forum at Drake University on January 11, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images for Fusion)01-11-16-Z-0101-11-16-Z-05

Ames, IA
A photograph of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sits in front of an attendee as Clinton speaks during a campaign event at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Jim Clyburn’s Fish Fry

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton hugs Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC), left. before she speak to a crowd at the Jim Clyburn Fish Fry, on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, at the Charleston Visitor Center in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)Supporters wave signs and shout while they wait for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton to arrive at the Jim Clyburn Fish Fry, on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, at the Charleston Visitor Center in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

Democratic Debate in Charleston

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Martin Luther King Day in Columbia, SC

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Burlington, IA

Supporters listen to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speak at a campaign event in Burlington, Iowa, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the Pzazz! Resort Hotel in Burlington, Iowa, January 20, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

At the Iowa City campus of the University of Iowa with Demi Lovato

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, right, and musician Demi Lovato acknowledge the cheering crowd at a rally on the campus of University of Iowa Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign event in Iowa City, Iowa, United States, January 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

In Indianola and Vinton IA

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses supporters during a rally Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, in Vinton, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a rally on the campus of Simpson College Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, in Indianola, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

In Rochester, NH with Jeanne Shaheen

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Clinton, IA

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In Davenport a “Hard Hats for Hillary” event followed by the Scott County Dems “Red, White, and Blue Banquet.”

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gets a hug from Amari Ogleton, 8, of Milwaukee, Wis., after speaking at the Hard Hats for Hillary event at the Danceland Ballroom in Davenport, Iowa, January 23, 2016. REUTERS/Scott MorganAmari Ogleton, 8, of Milwaukee, Wis., listens as Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during the Hard Hats for Hillary event at the Danceland Ballroom in Davenport, Iowa, January 23, 2016. REUTERS/Scott Morgan01-23-16-Z-13Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton poses for a photograph with members of a color guard after speaking at the Scott County Democrats Red, White and Blue Banquet in Davenport, Iowa, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)01-23-16-Z-0301-23-16-Z-07

Hillary Clinton joined Cory Booker for brunch in Cedar Rapids

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, left, chats with Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., at Riley's Cafe in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Des Moines, Knoxville, Oskaloosa

01-25-16-Y-0901-25-16-Z-07Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign event in Oskaloosa, Iowa January 25, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Democratic Presidential Town Hall at Drake University

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Final Get Out the Caucus rallies. Decorah

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Cedar Falls

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Family Fun Center in Adel

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton poses with two supporters and their babies during a campaign stop at the Adel Family Fun Center bowling alley in Adel, Iowa January 27, 2016. REUTERS/Jim BourgU.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign stop at the Family Fun Center in Adel, Iowa January 27, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder01-27-16-Y-18

Every Child Matters Event in Newton

Grinnell College students Sarah McCarthy (L), Mollie Jo Blahunka (C) and Hannah Lundberg pose for a videographer while waiting for U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at the Berg Middle School in Newton, Iowa January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Brian SnyderA girl poses for a photograph next to U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during a meeting with the group Every Child Matters at the Berg Middle School in Newton, Iowa January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

GOTC in Des Moines

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Dubuque and Davenport

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African American festival in Des Moines

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is joined onstage by her daughter Chelsea (L) during an off-schedule stop at the "I'll Make Me a World in Iowa Celebration Day" in Des Moines, Iowa January 30, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY01-30-16-Z-05

“Get Out the Caucus” rally at Iowa State University in Ames

Chelsea Clinton speaks as her mother U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stands with Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly (R) during a "Get Out to Caucus" rally at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa January 30, 2016. The New York Times's editorial board endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican John Kasich as they seek to become their parties' nominees in the U.S. presidential election, calling Clinton one of the most "deeply qualified presidential candidates in modern history." REUTERS/Brian SnyderU.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to the crowd at a "Get Out to Caucus" rally at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa January 30, 2016. The New York Times's editorial board endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican John Kasich as they seek to become their parties' nominees in the U.S. presidential election, calling Clinton one of the most "deeply qualified presidential candidates in modern history." REUTERS/Brian Snyder01-30-16-Y-63

Carroll

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton thanks her daughter Chelsea (L) for introducing her at a campaign event in Carroll, Iowa January 30, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

All the Clintons in Cedar Rapids

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, right, accompanied by former President Bill Clinton and their daughter Chelsea Clinton, arrives to speak at a rally at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (L) embraces husband former U.S. President Bill Clinton after being introduced onto the stage during a campaign rally at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa January 30, 2016. REUTERS/Adrees LatifFormer U.S. President Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea introduce U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during a "Get Out to Caucus" rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa January 30, 2016. REUTERS/Brian SnyderU.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a "Get Out to Caucus" rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa January 30, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Council Bluffs

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, accompanied by her daughter Chelsea Clinton, arrives for a rally at Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Magnolia Mandelko, 5, holds a campaign card as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, left, speaks at a rally at Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Magnolia Mandelko, 5, excitedly holds a campaign card and a drawing as she waits for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, accompanied by her daughter Chelsea Clinton, to arrive at a rally at Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)01-31-16-Z-0701-31-16-Z-0101-31-16-Z-1401-31-16-Z-11

Last pre-caucus rally in Des Moines

Former President Bill Clinton, accompanied by his daughter Chelsea Clinton, arrive for a Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton rally at Abraham Lincoln High School in Des Moines, Iowa, Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets supporters as she arrives at a rally at Abraham Lincoln High School in Des Moines, Iowa, Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks as her husband former President Bill Clinton and their daughter Chelsea accompany her at a campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa January 31, 2015. REUTER/Brian SnyderU.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton goes to embrace husband, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, as daughter Chelsea Clinton looks on during a campaign rally at Abraham Lincoln High School in Des Moines, Iowa January 31, 2016. REUTERS/Adrees LatifU.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton embraces former U.S. President Bill Clinton as daughter Chelsea Clinton looks on during a campaign rally at Abraham Lincoln High School in Des Moines, Iowa January 31, 2016. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

On TV in January

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (2nd L) waves with (L-R) comedian Amy Schumer, 5-year-old presidential expert Macey Hensley, television host Ellen Degeneres, and singer Pink during a taping of "The Ellen Degeneres Show" in New York September 8, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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January Endorsements: NARAL, Planned Parenthood, Seafarers Union, Anthony Foxx, Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly, Sybrina Fulton, The Brady Campaign, UFCW (food workers), IATSE (stage managers), U.S. Black Chambers, The Human Rights Campaign,  National Treasury Employees Union, Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers, Lilly Ledbetter, The New York Times.

And then we were off to the races.

Here is the archive for January, 2016 >>>>


NOTE: It was after a lot of deliberation that I decided to embark on this project this year. There was so much that was wrong. Even now, pundits deny the degree to which misogyny, sexism, and plain old Clinton Derangement Syndrome (on an international scale) influenced this election, but a review shines a light on the truth. Some of the evolving mythology around the election result is better refuted by pictures rather than a thousand words. So, yes, I decided to do it anyway even though, frankly, it is labor intensive, emotionally draining, and feels like picking at a scab.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Campaign chair, John Podesta, released this statement in support of the letter from electors requesting facts on Russian interference in the presidential election.

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The open letter to James Clapper was penned by Christine Pelosi.

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Bipartisan Electors Ask James Clapper: Release Facts on Outside Interference in U.S. Election

Open Letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper:

We are Electors who were selected by the voters of our states to represent them in the Electoral College on December 19, 2016. We intend to discharge our duties as Electors by ensuring that we select a candidate for president who, as our Founding Fathers envisioned, would be “endowed with the requisite qualifications.” As Electors, we also believe that deliberation is at the heart of democracy itself, not an empty or formalistic task. We do not understand our sole function to be to convene in mid-December, several weeks after Election Day, and summarily cast our votes. To the contrary, the Constitution envisions the Electoral College as a deliberative body that plays a critical role in our system of government — ensuring that the American people elect a president who is constitutionally qualified and fit to serve. Accordingly, to fulfill our role as Electors, we seek an informed and unrestrained opportunity to fulfill our constitutional role leading up to December 19th — that is, the ability to investigate, discuss, and deliberate with our colleagues about whom to vote for in the Electoral College.

We further emphasize Alexander Hamilton’s assertion in Federalist Paper #68 that a core purpose of the Electoral College was to prevent a “desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils.” The United States intelligence community has now concluded with “high confidence” that a foreign power, namely Russia, acted covertly to interfere in the presidential campaign with the intent of promoting Donald Trump’s candidacy. During the campaign Russia actively attempted to influence the election outcome through cyber attacks on our political institutions and a comprehensive propaganda campaign coordinated through Wikileaks and other outlets.

Allegations that Donald Trump was receiving assistance from a hostile foreign power to win the election began months before Election Day. When presented with information that the Russian government was interfering in the election through the course of the campaign, both in private briefings and public assessment, Donald Trump rejected it, refused to condemn it, and continued to accept their help. Donald Trump even made a direct plea to the Russian government to interfere further in the election in a press conference on July 27, saying, “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.”

According to reports in the Washington Post, New York Times, and other outlets, the United States intelligence community has now concluded definitively that the Russian interference was performed to help Donald Trump get elected, yet even today Mr. Trump is refusing to accept that finding. In response to the reports, the Trump transition office instead released a statement which called into question the validity of United States intelligence findings, and declared the election over despite the Electoral College not yet casting its votes. Trump’s willingness to disregard conclusions made by the intelligence community and his continuing defense of Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin demand close scrutiny and deliberation from the Electoral College.

Separate from Mr. Trump’s own denials of Russian involvement in the election, the confirmed communication between Trump’s aides and those associated with the Russian election interference activity raise serious concerns that must be addressed before we cast our votes. Trump-confidant Roger Stone confirmed during the campaign that he was engaged in back-channel communications with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, responsible for releasing much of the Russian-hacked Democratic communications, and indicated that he was aware of the hacked content prior to its release. Trump foreign policy advisor Carter Page reportedly visited Moscow in July of this year, just prior to the release of hacked DNC communications, during which it was believed he met with the Putin aide in charge of Russian intelligence on the U.S. election. Page returned to Moscow this week where he claimed to be meeting with Russian business and thought leaders.

In addition to Donald Trump and his aides’ conduct, revelations about their further involvement with the Russian government over the course of the campaign demand further investigation, as well as full disclosure of findings from any ongoing or closed investigative efforts:

  • Russian government officials revealed that they had maintained contact with the Trump campaign during the election, and stated that they were familiar with most of the individuals associated with Mr. Trump.
  • Media inquiries into whether the FBI was investigating Donald Trump’s July plea for Russian interference in the election resulted in a “Glomar response” neither confirming nor denying the existence of an investigation, rather than the more typical response of denying the request outright.
  • U.S. intelligence officials reportedly probed Trump foreign policy advisor Carter Page in regard to travel to his Moscow during the campaign.
  • The FBI reportedly began an inquiry into Trump associates following reports of a multi-million dollar business relationship with pro-Putin figures in Ukraine and Russia, and reports of an effort to sway American public opinion in favor of Ukraine’s pro-Putin government.
  • Michael Flynn, Trump campaign aide and the announced incoming National Security Advisor, traveled to Russia in December of 2015 for a gala event celebrating RT, a state-controlled propaganda network, at which he was seated next to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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. 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.

Additionally, the Electors will separately require from Donald Trump conclusive evidence that he and his staff and advisors did not accept Russian interference, or otherwise collaborate during the campaign, and conclusive disavowal and repudiation of such collaboration and interference going forward.

We hope that the information and actions described in this letter will be provided in an expeditious manner, so that we can fulfill our constitutional duty as Electors.

Signed,

Christine Pelosi (CA)

Micheal Baca (CO)

Anita Bonds (DC)

Courtney Watson (MD)

Dudley Dudley (NH)

Bev Hollingworth (NH)

Terie Norelli (NH)

Carol Shea-Porter (NH)

Clay Pell (RI)

Chris Suprun (TX)

Presidential electors interested in adding their names to this letter should contact ElectoralCollege16@gmail.com.


Joint bipartisan statement from senators calling for an investigation.

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Nancy Pelosi has also issued the call for a bipartisan investigation.

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More on this here.

Bipartisan Anger Grows Over Russian Interference Into U.S. Election

Want to encourage your state electors and elected officials to sign on?  Here are some contact links.

Contact Your Elected Officials

Contact the Electors

 

 

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Calling Team Hillary Clinton!  Recount oversight assistance is needed in Michigan and Wisconsin.

If you are in Michigan, can travel, and have some time you can free up, please go here to sign up to help.

If you are in Wisconsin, can travel, and have some time you can free up, please go here to sign up to help.

Thank you from all of us!

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