Clinton Campaign, Top Democrats Call For Intel Briefing, Commission Ahead Of Electoral College Vote

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Update: The push to delegitimize the election results continued after a trio of top Senate Democrats called for a nonpartisan commission to investigate allegations that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election.  Sens. Ben Cardin (Md.), Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) and Patrick Leahy (Vt.), the top Democrats on the Foreign Relations, Intelligence and Judiciary committees, back the creation an independent commission with 18 months to report its findings The Hill reports.

"The American people deserve a nonpartisan, transparent, public investigation into this insidious attack on our democratic institutions,” Cardin said. “As a nation it’s time to get to the bottom of it and learn what we can do to prevent it from ever happening again.”

The commission would be tasked with investigating allegations of Russian cyber attacks, trying to identify those responsible and recommending responses and future measures to prevent interference in U.S. elections.

Feinstein added that the commission would determine if Russian hacks tried to undercut Hillary Clinton, the Democrat presidential nominee, or "undermine our democratic system."

"This bipartisan commission will help identify the specific ‘actors’ responsible and recommend a possible course of action to prevent this from ever happening again," she said.

The panel, according to the Democratic senators, would have access to both classified and unclassified information, as well as the ability to subpoena officials about Russian activities tied to the presidential race. 

Leahy, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, added on Monday lawmakers must "rise above the fray and engage in a serious, independent, and bipartisan investigation."

"This is larger than any one candidate or any one election," he said. "This is about protecting our democracy now, and going forward.”

Of course, none of these calls would have been made had Trump lost the election, and in fact he would have been crucified by the press for daring to question the outcome of the vote.

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And there it is.

Just as we first laid out on Saturday following Friday night's shock "report" that the CIA had concluded Russia had intervened in the presidential election on behalf of Trump, which we quickly assessed had all the marks of a "soft coup" attempt, and which culminated most recently with a report that up to 10 electors had requested a briefing on "Russian Interference" before the presidential vote, moments ago none other than the Clinton campaign, by way of its top political adviser John Podesta, said the campaign is supporting an effort by members of the Electoral College to request an intelligence briefing on foreign intervention in the presidential election, Politico reported.

In his statement released on Monday, Podesta said “The bipartisan electors' letter raises very grave issues involving our national security,” and added that “electors have a solemn responsibility under the Constitution and we support their efforts to have their questions addressed.”

Each day that month, our campaign decried the interference of Russia in our campaign and its evident goal of hurting our campaign to aid Donald Trump. Despite our protestations, this matter did not receive the attention it deserved by the media in the campaign. We now know that the CIA has determined Russia's interference in our elections was for the purpose of electing Donald Trump. This should distress every American.”

Podesta's statement is the first public statement from the Clinton campaign raising questions about the legitimacy of Donald Trump's victory.

It follows the previously reported open letter from 10 presidential electors, including Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s daughter Christine, requesting an intelligence briefing ahead of the Dec. 19 vote of the Electoral College.

Why this push is curious, is because during today's briefing Press Secretary Josh Earnest explicitly stated that "US intel agencies didn't detect any malicious cyberactivity "that interfered w the casting and counting of ballots" on Nov. 8", a narrative at odds with that concocted by the WaPo, in its interpretation of what the CIA allegedly concluded in its "secret" assessment, which thenbegs the question: who is lying?

Shortly after Podesta's statement, the Democratic National Committee disseminated a Politico story that revealed the electors' call for a briefing. Two Democratic members of Congress have also suggested the Electoral College should take an active role in reassessing, or stopping, a Trump presidency.

It was unclear which particular agency would provide the briefing, if it was permitted, especially in light of reports that there has been a shcism between the CIA and FBI in their interpretation of whether Russia had indeed intervened directly to push for a Trump election.

While so far no proof has been provided by the CIA substantiating its claim, we doubt one will be forthcoming. After all as the WaPo itself reported some time ago, citing an official, "the intelligence community is not saying it has ‘definitive proof’ of such tampering, or any Russian plans to do so." In other words, there is merely "extrapolation" based on a personal biases to reach a desired, goalseeked outcome, without any factual validation whatsoever.

However, it is likely that should the Clinton Campaign's request for a "breifing" be granted, that it would lead to a dramatic split among the already polarized US nation. As to whether the Electoral College would ultimately vote against Trump, we leave it up to readers to consider the possible, and very damaging for the US, consequences.

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NugginFuts's picture

Will there be pizza at this meeting?

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) NugginFuts Dec 12, 2016 2:01 PM

Why hasn't Cankles keeled over and died yet?

Pinto Currency's picture

Need a full intelligence briefing on Frank Marshall Davis and also Obama's call for illegals to vote in violation of US law.

Looney's picture


The Clinton Campaign, instead of calling for the briefing, should call for the FBI’s re-opening the investigations into the E-Mail Server and the Foundation Fraud.


Pinto Currency's picture

Obama's views of the US are those of Frank Marshall Davis - he can't even partly hide his disdain.

Never One Roach's picture

I hope to attend that meeting and perhaps I can get some answers on where my freak'n TV remote is!

MagicHandPuppet's picture

Would someone please lock up this barely walking bag of demon flem already?

NoDebt's picture

Just give them the goddamned briefing and let the 10 electors who wanted it (i.e. the ones who are changing their vote to Clinton anyway, against the will of the majority of voters in their own states) and get this shit show rolling.  It changes nothing.  Trump has too many electors to overcome.  

In other words, de-legitimize their attempt to de-legitimize the election.


Manthong's picture

Like vampires and zombies, these morons are the ones that won’t die… the walking dead.

Right now they are grasping at straws attempting to muddy up the water and disrupt the transition.

The new administration is going to have to drive a stake through their hearts and take a flame thrower to them or it will be burdened by them forever.

Harlequin001's picture

Civil War in America!

Fuck yeah...

BaBaBouy's picture

Pizza Gate ... Time to investigate further...

WordSmith2013's picture
Extreme Danger From Now Until Inauguration Day—What Are The Threats?!


Team Clinton is up to NO good---they will not concede until Trump sits in the Oval Office.

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) WordSmith2013 Dec 12, 2016 2:45 PM

How many tens of millions did the Clinton Crime Family Foundation spend on focus groups, working the most "damaging" scenario to the Trump presidency before coming out with this one?

The "lets have Ms. 1%, Jill Stein, insist on recounts" didn't get traction.

"Hillary(!) won by almost more than the number of illegal aliens who voted for her so she should be president" didn't work. Besides, that one shows Team Hillary to be the incompetents that they are, not bothering to focus on the Electoral College.

Now this one.

overbet's picture

NO EVIDENCE.  You all recall Michael fat back Moore saying it was key to continue repeating "popular vote", well continue repeating NO EVIDENCE! NO EVIDENCE is a very powerful statement.

remain calm's picture

Fake news. How do you know? Markets have not crashed

AVmaster's picture

Will never happen.

In order to get intelligence briefings you have to have secret clearance or above. 

In order to get secret clearance, you have to have the FBI profile your ass, parents, family, etc etc. Takes around 6 months or longer....


Never gonna happen clinton, just STFU and go away...

froze25's picture

You are right, this is just more of the "purple" revolution to undermine Trump off the bat, very seditious, should be criminal.

Holy hand grenade of Antioch's picture
Holy hand grenade of Antioch (not verified) froze25 Dec 12, 2016 4:11 PM

"Sens. Ben Cardin (Md.), Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) and..."


Sens. (((Ben Cardin))) Md., (((Dianne Feinstein))) Calif. and...


There, fixed it.

The Saint's picture

So, the Democraps just can't accept the outcome of the election.  Even though there is ZERO evidence of Russian hacking but there is plenty of evidence of the MSM promoting Hillary.

If Donald Trump isn't sworn in in January, I will be one of millions ready to fix what's wrong with this republic.


Tall Tom's picture





You will shit and fall in it as you have far too much to lose.


But if I am wrong and if you are so inclined...


Whatever you do just do not travel to the wealthy and rich  LIBERAL neighborhoods, with their unfergound Power lines, and ignite Thermite filled clay crucibles (Flower Pots) on top of those above ground electrical transformer boxes. That would melt right through them. And when that hot Thermite strikes that OIL it will detonate like a bomb.


Here in San Diego County, Poway Road is lined with those. Soft target rich for the terrorist.


Thermite is easy to make. Aluminum Powder...Rust. The reaction is one called CHEMICAL REPLACEMENT.


And you can even buy it with CASH at your local Welding Supply.


Check out this video so you can watch what Thermite does to a car. Yeah. It melts right through the damned engine block.  No problem.


So DO NOT DO THAT as you do not want them living in the dark without power.


I thank the US Government and Mossad for demostrating the power of Thermite on 9/11/2001.


You can watch that here too.


One can the easily visible Thermite pouring out of the side of that building.




Because Financial support is SUPPORT.




Financial support is SUPPORT.

Financial support is SUPPORT.

Financial support is SUPPORT.


And as past behavior os the best predictor of future behavior I will place heavy odds on YOUR INACTION, WUSS.

CuttingEdge's picture

How about they simultaneously investigate the Russians and the collusion between the MSM and the Clinton campaign going back to when Bernie got reamed up the arse?

The latter sure as fuck wouldn't need 18 months to reach any conclusions.

disarray1's picture

dude either you've been hacked or you need to get back on the meds. you've gone sideways.

Tall Tom's picture





Not been hacked and I abstain from drugs...Street and Phamaceuticals.


He is not going to act. Bottom line.

Hata Mari's picture

Just another means to divide the country.

This from a woman who 'loves' us sooo much, she'd rather see it all go up in flames than concede w/ grace.

nmewn's picture

So I guess they want to talk about the NINETY NINE PERCENT PROBABILITY that Hillarys bathroom server was hacked by at least five foreign And thats the reason why the State Department HAS A SECURED NETWORK of its own, which she not only REFUSED TO USE but went out of her way to GET AN OUTSIDE INTERNET CONNECTION?






Yes, not an "intentional" act of being shown as an incompetent corrupt criminal?

Creative_Destruct's picture

BINGO. Hillary's infraction that had a VERY high probability of FORESEEABLY exposing classified info was poo-poohed by these same self-righteous hypocritical pontificators of all that's pure and holy. This is OBVIOUSLY an effort that's motivated by the desire to delegitimatize Trump's win. Call BULLSHIT loud and often on these weasels. 

Fisherman Blue's picture

"Stronger Together" remember that bull shit?

Cynicles's picture

or Hillary's PW for her blk berry


Idaho potato head's picture

Um they vetted both Bill and Hilary, .....

Creative_Destruct's picture

Yes, anyone can be vetted for clearance. But the point is that it requires significant time, more time than is available between now and the 19th when the electors meet.

Creative_Destruct's picture

Right. These electors would need clearance. To what level is not clear though. A"Secret" level clearance is fairly quick to obtain, but still probably takes longer that the time left between now and the 19th. Higher levels, like Top Secret, however, take significantly longer as you say. Probably can't be done. All this just amounts to either an opportunistic or planned smear campaign to contribute to delegitimizing  Trump's presidency.


Joe Davola's picture

It does beg the question, what does it get them in the end?  (I know, it's the Clintons - cash, lots of cash must be at stake.)

Even if they object to enough states electoral votes, both houses will be republican controlled - so they lose, leaving only the pleasure of dragging it on.

TheRideNeverEnds's picture

Seems like just yesterday she and her team, plus every MSM outlet, was yelling from the rooftops about how doubting the legitimacy of US elections is basically treason.

I guess it's only bad if someone else does it.

wren's picture

Overturn the election and watch the people rise up! They might be able to shaft us when they win the elections, but to overturn a winning election would be an entirely different story!

Justin Case's picture

I like that site. Maybe the new woar on truthful news will take it's toll.

There is a good write up on 911 there.


Squid-puppets a-go-go's picture

yer, at this briefing of electorates i assume the opportunity will also be given to go over the evidence pertaining to hillary's trafficking of children for her exclusive clientele's demonic gratification

Sick Underbelly's picture

Instead, if Podesta tha Molesta is there, we should have someone yell, "Podesta is a child rapist!" instead of yelling "Bill Clinton is a rapist."

Or, sit in the back with a sign "#Pizzagate is the real issue!"

Sean7k's picture

Why not use the emails to questions the DNC and Clinton collusion to disenfrancise Sanders voters and campaign, as well as the media outlets which worked with them. They framed the news, attacked specific candidates (including supposed centralist republicans) to elect clinton. If anyone tampered with the election process, it was clinton and the dnc. Might as well make it a FULL INVESTIGATION into the election.


BennyBoy's picture


Fake News Party calls for Fake News Intel briefing with Electoral College.

No evidence, facts or data needed.

SilverRhino's picture

The funny part is by doing this all they are doing is REALLY pissing the incoming President off.

blueberry100's picture

Yea. he's being TREATED UNFAIRLY"   Trump mo likey.

Omen IV's picture

thast a good thing for the Clinton Foundation investigation by the FBI  and the NYPD investigation of the Life Insurance File

What Name's picture

Maybe the EC should over turn the election results. Then we can get this shit show really started. I'm really getting sick of this shit. Bi-partisan letter my ass. It is 9 dims in dim states and that fuck head from TX.

DaveyJones's picture

"Hi, I'm Nancy Pelosi's Daughter and I approved this message"

Cole The Bar's picture

If they managed to put Hillary in office at this point, I'd move to Texas and join the rest of my family and start pushing to secede

DaveyJones's picture

<p>"Hi, I'm Nancy Pelosi's daughter, and I approved this message"&nbsp;</p>

Rubicon727's picture
Harlequin001 Manthong Dec 12, 2016 2:21 PM

"Civil War in America!"

More to the point, we are in the midst of a "coup!"

Remember the innumerable "coups" the CIA and US intelligence machinery have committed against so many nations, we can't even count them all???

Well, it's finally going to happen here. It's guaranteed. The military-intelligence institutions simply won't allow Trump to become prez. They, along with the entire DNC, a bunch of globalists, and the fanatic D.C. NEO-CONS will NOT tolerate his presidency.

They want this "coup" before he's officially elected because too many would be forced into thinking it was a JFK repeat.

Itinerant's picture

Civil war at the same time as war against Russia (hacking is an act of war).

Good thing it's for something as important as an old cunt.