Obama: 'We Will' Take Action on Foreign Government that Meddled in US Election
President Barack Obama says the United States will take action against Russia or any other foreign government that tries to meddle in U.S. elections.
"I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections...we need to take action. And we will," the president told National Public Radio in an interview.
The CIA has concluded that Russian hackers broke into the Democratic Party computers to leak potentially embarrassing emails about the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign with the apparent aim of helping Republican Donald Trump win last month's election.
Top White House officials say such a thing could not have happened without Russian President Vladimir Putin's involvement or direct knowledge.
Obama told NPR that there is still a "whole range of assessments" going on among U.S. intelligence agencies, and he is waiting for a final report on exactly who was involved and why they did it.
Anti-Trump Electoral College Revolt Faces Steep Odds
It's been over a month since Donald Trump pulled off an upset victory over Hillary Clinton, bringing an end to one of the most contentious presidential campaigns in U.S. history.
The result won't be official until Monday, when the 538 members of the Electoral College meet at statehouses across the country to cast their votes -- the ones that will actually decide the next president.
The Electoral College serves as a formality and usually receives little attention. But this year, there is a last-ditch effort to use the Electoral College to deny Trump the presidency.
It's a long shot, but the electoral revolt is injecting one last bit of uncertainty into an election that has been one of the most unpredictable ever.
The drive is being encouraged by a group called the Hamilton Electors, named after Alexander Hamilton, a U.S. founding father who was one of the Electoral College's main architects. Hamilton and the other founding fathers devised the Electoral College as a compromise between those who wanted a direct presidential election and those who wanted Congress to choose the president.
The system was also meant to serve as a safeguard against those unfit for the presidency, a point emphasized by the Hamilton Electors.
If Trump gets all the electoral votes from the states where he won the popular vote, he will have 306 electoral votes, well over the 270 needed for a simple majority. That means for the electoral revolt to succeed, 37 Republicans who are scheduled to vote for Trump would have to abandon him. So far, only one Republican elector has publicly pledged to do so.