Democrats to Question Trump's Electoral College Results
By Mei Manuel, January 07, 2017 18:01 PM
The Democrats are currently working on filing an official complaint regarding President-elect Donald Trump's Electoral College victory on Friday despite the heavily Republican US Congress that will review the votes.
The votes were to be opened before a joint session of both houses in a formality to legalize the presidential elections.
Trump is set to take his oath on January 20 and gained more than 270 electoral votes which is required to win the presidency. His rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, won the popular vote by nearly 3 million ballots. However, many are now questioning the legality of the results due to the concerns regarding the involvement of Russia in influencing the election results.
Trump has continously downplayed any Russian interference in the elections and scheduled to receive a US intelligent report on the issue on Friday. However, he had spoken to The New York Times on Friday and said that the issue's main goal was a "political witch hunt."
According to a spokesman, US Representative Shiela Jackson Lee of Texas plans to file an objection to the electoral votes submitted in Texas. Media outfit Politico confirmed that Colorado, Virginia, Michigan and Maryland may also challenge the results for their respective states.
For an objection to be recognized, a Representative must gain the backing of one US Senator. The joint session would be suspended when an objection is recognized and both houses will be meeting separately to debate the challenge.
The Democratic leaders in the House said that they do not know any senator who would support the objections. However, US Representative Steny Hoyer told CNN that it is likely that Democrats will raise the issue regarding the Russian hacking of Democratic groups during the campaign and question whether there was legitimate information available to the electors when they voted for Trump.
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said that the hacking concerns overshadows the 2016 vote. She said, "That's why people have some level of dismay today on the vote... about the Electoral College. How much is known about the foreign disruption of our elections?"
The Electoral College convened last month in the 50 state capitals to cast their votes for president and vice president and submitted it to the Congress.
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