United State Electors Are Expected to Give Trump Official Confirmation
On Monday, the U.S. Electoral College will official pick Republican President-elect Donald Trump as the next U.S. president in their official vote that normally is very routine but will take place amidst the Russian hacking allegations that say the Russia influenced the popular vote.
It is expected that that at meetings in each state on Monday as well as in the District of Columbia, the 538 electors in the institution will cast their official ballots for the next president and vice president.
The opinion is it would be highly unlikely voters would change the November 8 election outcome which gave the presidency to Trump following his winning the majority of votes in the Electoral College. The overall popular vote was won by Hillary Clinton.
However, the conclusion by intelligence agencies in the U.S. that Russia had hacked emails of the Democratic National Committee attempting to sway the November election in favor of Trump had prompted most Democrats to plead with electors not to cast their vote as directed by the popular ballot of their state.
The emails that were leaked disclosed details of paid speeches by Clinton to members of Wall Street, infighting within the party and criticism over the use by Clinton of a private email server she used during her time as the secretary of state under President Obama.
Those disclosures led to media coverage that was embarrassing and prompted some officials in the party to step down.
Trump along with his team dismissed the claims by intelligence of interference by Russia, accusing the Democrats and supporters of attempting to undermine the legitimacy of his victory in November.
Officials in Russia denied they interfered with the presidential election.
John Podesta the campaign chairman for Clinton said on Sunday that the question remained open whether the campaign of Trump colluded with the Russians about those emails, an allegation that the incoming Trump chief of staff at the White House Reince Priebus has vehemently denied.
A group of bipartisan U.S. senators has called for there to be assembled a special committee that would probe the possible cyber attacks of Russia as well as other nations.
The number of electors of the Electoral College is equal to the number of senators and representative each state has in Congress with each state receiving a proportional share depending upon its population.