Yesterday the nation’s Electoral College met in all fifty states to certify results of the presidential election. Although there was a movement to deny Trump the title of President-elect, the Electoral College vote results had the state of Texas putting Donald Trump over the 270 margin granting him the presidency. This clarifies that all along Trump was the presumptive President-elect until the Electoral College update! There was a core group of protesters, celebrities, and senators who made a last ditch attempt to convince at least 37 electors to deny their states’ votes away from Trump, which would have then sent the decision to the House of Representatives.

This group called themselves the #HamiltonElectors, after Alexander Hamilton who wrote that the purpose of the Electoral College was to prevent any demagogue from taking office as well as to prevent any foreign influence in an election. The webpage for the HamiltonElectors had a group of Hollywood D-listers, including Martin Sheen imploring electors to “Vote your conscience” and several members stating, “I’m not asking you to vote for Hillary Clinton” – just not Trump. Celebrity endorsers said, “You can vote for any eligible person."

Voter mindsets hacked, not machines

The influence of Russian hackers on the election remains undisputed - except by President-elect Donald Trump and the Russians themselves.

The incoming Chief of Staff and former head of the Republican party, Reince Preibus told the media that President-elect Trump would acknowledge there was Russian hacking if the CIA, FBI and intelligence community wrote a report to Trump summarizing their findings. The Russians want the U.S. to shut up about the hacking unless they can show this proof, according to CNN.

Here is what is known about the Russian hacking, according to that report: data and thousands of emails were stolen from the DNC. The U.S. intelligence agencies blamed Russia back in October, but there is no allegation that the Russians hacked the actual voting process.

Here is what is known about the Russian hacking, data and thousands of emails were stolen from the DNC.

U.S. intelligence agencies blamed Russia back in October, but there is no allegation that the Russians hacked the actual voting process. Thousands of phishing emails were sent, waiting for someone to click in order to gain access. The person who did click on one of the links was John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chairman after an aide misinformed him it was a “safe” email. The Atlantic magazine asked, “Did Putin direct the Russian hacking? Why the fuss now?” and “Until December 9th, intelligence officials were not claiming that the Russians wanted specifically to help Trump win.” (The Atlantic 'Did Putin direct Russian hacking? And other big questions' 12.14.16) Slate magazine argued that

The Atlantic magazine asked, “Did Putin direct the Russian hacking?

Why the fuss now?” and “Until December 9th, intelligence officials were not claiming that the Russians wanted specifically to help Trump win.” (The Atlantic 'Did Putin direct Russian hacking? And other big questions' 12.14.16) Slate magazine argued that it was not the voting machines that were hacked in the election, it was the voters’ mindsets. (Slate 'Russia didn’t hack the U.S. election. It hacked the voters' 12.13.16) Conservatives and Republicans see this conflagration as an effort to delegitimize the election. Kelly Anne Conway, Trump’s spokeswoman demanded to know on CBS Face the Nation “Where’s the evidence?! “

Bipartisan investigation to start in 2017

The issue of the Russian hacking will cast a pall over the first year and a half of the Trump presidency and possibly could lead to impeachment?

That is because both the Republicans and Democrats have said that they will be leading an 18-month bipartisan investigation into the Russian hacking events. If the Trump campaign had knowledge of or encouraged the hacking, the can of worms will be opened to all, further eroding American democracy.

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