Robert Baer, a former CIA operative and TIME’s current intelligence columnist brought up an important point today while discussing the recent CIA report which confirmed that Russian agents interfered in the 2016 elections.
Baer, who served in field operations throughout the world and has been called “the best on-the-ground field officer in the Middle East,” declared on CNN that:
“The Russians, it looks like to me did interfere in our elections. We’ll never be able to decide if it changed the outcome, but I’ll tell you having worked in the CIA, if we had been caught interfering in European elections, or Asian elections, or anywhere in the world, they’d call for new elections. Any democracy would. I don’t see it any other way. The electoral college before the 19th has got to know…whether it affected American perception.”
While admitting that he is not a constitutional lawyer and was unsure how a new election would work, he is correct in that the integrity of our democratic system has been dragged through the mud by Donald Trump and his cronies in the Kremlin – not to mention the gerrymandering and vote-suppressing cheats in the Republican Party.
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton leads the popular vote by nearly 3 million and Donald Trump has already been making a mockery out of the office he wishes to claim, stocking his cabinet with billionaires and radical right-wing ideologues who openly oppose the existence of the department they’re set to head while Trump plans to continue making reality television in his “spare time.” A fresh election would be unprecedented and horrendously expensive, yes, but the American people were lied to and our democracy violated by the machinations of autocrats. A do-over would not be an inappropriate decision.
Watch it here: