Maybe there was some truth to Donald Trump’s suggestion of rigging. But not the way he thought.
More than 50 Electoral College members who voted for Donald Trump were seated illegitimately, finds a report created by a bipartisan nationwide legal team. In light of the 1000-page “Electoral Vote Objection Packet,” Congress members are now under pressure to stop the certification of the 2016 Electoral College results on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017.
“We have reason to believe that there are at least 50 electoral votes that were not regularly given or not lawfully certified (16 Congressional District violations and 34 Dual Office-Holder violations),” read the report. “The number could be over a hundred. We urge you to prepare written objections for January 6.”
It is believed at least 16 electors who voted for Trump were ineligible to do so because they didn’t live in the congressional district they represented. 34 other electors held dual offices — an act that is “in direct violation of statutes prohibiting dual-office holding.”
The team also noted the number of ineligible electors could be as large as 100.
The alleged fraud occurred in various states including Florida, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Michigan, North Carolina, Indiana and Louisiana.
One of the accused is Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi who has been known to be involved in shady dealings with the president-elect.
“Ironically, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who has issued a number of Advisory Legal Opinions on dual-office holding, was a presidential elector,” the briefing said. “Her name was on the Governor’s certification list of Republican electors, and also Attorney General Bondi cast her electoral ballot on December 19.
“Trump’s ascension to the presidency is completely illegitimate,” said Ryan Clayton of Americans Take Action, who promoted the effort. “It’s not just Russians hacking our democracy. It’s not just voter suppression at unprecedented levels. It is also [that] there are Republicans illegally casting ballots in the Electoral College, and in a sufficient number that the results of the Electoral College proceedings are illegitimate as well.”
“Republicans like to talk all the time about people voting illegally,” he continued. “We have a list of a bunch of Republicans that allegedly voted illegally in the Electoral College.”
It is uncertain whether this new development will change the mind of the Congress, but it’s yet another scandalous controversy against Trump.
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