Donald Trump is being accused of a criminal conspiracy by members of the Electoral College and their lawyers.
As it happens, there have been numerous reports of electors being threatened by Trump if they vote against him, according to a member of the Electoral College who spoke on a condition of anonymity due to fear of reprisal. The elector said, “We have gotten reports from multiple people that the Donald Trump campaign is putting pressure on Republican electors to vote for him based on future political outcomes based on whether they vote for Donald Trump or not.”
It’s all political, basically. If Trump becomes the president, he’s going to be able to put pressure on the state parties and they won’t be involved anymore.
The individuals at issue are the so-called “Hamilton electors” who may defect against Trump. They are named after Alexander Hamilton’s remarks in the “Federalist Papers No. 68” where Hamilton wrote electors have a sacred duty to ensure “the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications.”
It is highly illegal and punishable by time in a cold prison cell if individuals can be proved to have threatened electors. Specifically 18 U.S. Code 594 states:
Whoever intimidates, threatens, coerces, or attempts to intimidate, threaten, or coerce, any other person for the purpose of interfering with the right of such other person to vote or to vote as he may choose, or of causing such other person to vote for, or not to vote for, any candidate for the office of President, Vice President, Presidential elector, Member of the Senate, Member of the House of Representatives, Delegate from the District of Columbia, or Resident Commissioner, at any election held solely or in part for the purpose of electing such candidate, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.
A lawyer for the “Hamilton Defenders“, Jessica Marlies, said on the subject, “Those allegations, if proven, would constitute a crime, and if coordinated could constitute conspiracy,” Marlies, who has nearly a decade of government service on her resume continued:
In order for the electoral college votes to be considered certifiable and reliable it has to be taken without undue influence, including intimidation. I would call on Donald Trump and his campaign to immediately do a thorough transparent internal review to determine the truth of those allegations and to come forward publicly and immediately to let electors know that he and his campaign support their constitutional right to exercise independent judgment as electors, as the founding fathers contemplated.
While Trump and his team claim to be transparent, they have proved themselves to be anything but that. In practice, they have shown time and again that they will do whatever is necessary to win and this includes using fear and intimidation — even if it’s illegal.
The era of a tyrannical chief executive is upon the American people, and it’s only going to get worse.
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