Dec 15 2016
Attorney General Loretta Lynch just said: “We didn’t see any technical interference from Russia in the election.”
Real Clear Politics Lynch asked about reports that Russian hackers could have impacted the results of the 2016 election. Lynch said that there was no evidence that Russian hackers breached the integrity of the U.S. election system. “Fortunately we didn’t see the sort of technical interference that I know people had concerns about, also, in terms of voting machines and the like,” Lynch said.
Majority of electors holding firm despite tens of thousands of death threats, harassment, and bribes.
NY Post Electors around the country are being harassed with a barrage of emails, phone calls and letters — and even death threats — in an effort to block Donald Trump from being voted in as president by the Electoral College on Monday.
The bullying is overwhelming Sharon Geise’s tech devices, but not her resolve to support Trump. The Mesa, Arizona, grandmother woke up Wednesday morning to more than 1,500 emails demanding she not carry out her legal duty to vote for the president-elect.
“They just keep coming and coming,” Geise told The Post, estimating she’s received more than 50,000 emails since the election. “They’re overpowering my iPad.” Despite the avalanche, she said, her decision to back Trump is stronger than ever.
Reports of GOP electors being badgered have been reported in numerous states, including Georgia, Idaho, Tennessee, Arizona, Utah and Michigan.
Like Geise, Republican Patricia Allen of Tennessee told The Post she’s been bombarded with 2,000 emails, 120 letters and five phone calls all urging her to switch and vote against Trump. But Allen, 74, said that despite the “siege,” she’s not budging.
She’s also been solicited by a Harvard University group backed by constitutional law Prof. Lawrence Lessig, who has offered free legal aid to electors who change their vote. “That borders on bribery,” said Allen. “Carried to this extreme, the day might come when an elector could be sold to the highest bidder.”
Lessig claims that 20 GOP electors are considering voting against Trump.Even if true, that wouldn’t be enough to alter the outcome when the 538 members of the Electoral College gather to cast their official votes. Trump has 306 electoral votes, 36 more than the minimum required.
For Michael Banerian, a senior at Oakland University in Michigan and a Republican elector, the harassment comes with a dark side. He said he’s been getting death threats via email, snail mail, Twitter and Facebook. “Somebody threatened to put a bullet in the back of my mouth,” Banerian told The Post on Wednesday.
In Utah, a group called Democracy and Progress PAC placed full-page ads in Salt Lake City’s daily newspapers telling electors they are “not bound” to vote for trump, who won the state. But the Desert News reported that under Utah law, Trump must receive all the state’s Electoral College votes, since he won the election in the state.
The Left, who portray themselves as “tolerant” and “pro-diversity,” are anything but, as amply illustrated by the death threats issued at Trump and those who’d voted for him.
Of the many death threats made by Hillary supporters, the most serious that warrant our attention — and dissemination via your email and social media — are death threats targeting Electoral College voters who, on December 19, will actually determine who will be America’s next President.
All states except Maine and Nebraska have chosen their Electoral College electors on a “winner-take-all” basis since the 1880s. Under the winner-take-all system, the state’s electors are awarded to the candidate with the most votes in that state.
Michigan law requires the state’s 16 electors to cast their votes for the presidential candidate who wins the majority of voters, said Secretary of State spokesman Fred Woodhams. With 96% of the votes counted, Trump wins Michigan with 47.6% (2,279,805 votes) vs. Hillary’s 47.4% (2,268,193 votes). Woodhams said that even if Banerian or another elector had a change of heart, other Michigan electors would just cast another vote for Trump.