Thursday, December 29, 2016
also turned toward proposals raised by GOP hawks, Lindsay Graham and John
McCain. According to John Wagner’s
reporting for the Washington Post, “….Asked
in particular about comments Wednesday by Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) that
sanctions should hit Russian leader Vladimir Putin “as an individual,” Trump
demurred…. ‘I don’t know what he’s
doing,’ Trump said of Graham. ‘I haven’t spoken to him. As you know, he ran
against me.’… Trump, whom critics have
accused of being too cozy with Putin, was referring to Graham’s failed 2016 bid
for the Republican presidential nomination….”
A report on
the same story that appeared in the International Business Times made President
Elect Trump’s remarks seem even tougher and more significant (See “Trump On Russia Sanctions: President-Elect Urges US To ‘Get
On With Our Lives’ Ahead Of Obama Administration’s Possible Restrictions” by Seerat Chabba, 12/29/16, IBT/National
According to the IBT report, “President-elect
Donald Trump on Wednesday showed no inclination toward sanctioning Russia,
despite President Barack Obama’s push for the country to take steps against
Russia over its alleged interference in the election that saw Trump emerge
report by Seerat Chabba also mentioned Russia’s response to Obama’s
threats --- “…. Russia has said it will respond to any 'hostile steps' by the U.S., denying all allegations of attempting to influence the elections.... 'If Washington really does take new hostile steps, they will be answered ... any action against Russian diplomatic missions in the US will immediately bounce back on US diplomats in Russia,' CNN quoted the official representative for Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zakharova, as saying in a statement.... Zakharova added: 'Frankly, we are tired about the lies about Russian hackers — it’s misinformation by Obama administration aimed at providing an excuse for its own failure.'..."
Monday, December 19, 2016
Last minute efforts to stop “election” of Donald Trump as POTUS all likely to fail
According to a report this morning in Newsmax, “… you thought Election Day was in November…. Electors are set to gather in every state on Monday to formally elect Donald Trump president even as anti-Trump forces try one last time to deny him the White House…. Protests are planned for state capitals, but they are unlikely to persuade the Electoral College to dump Trump. An Associated Press survey of electors found very little appetite to vote for alternative candidates… Republican electors say they have been deluged with emails, phone calls and letters urging them not to support Trump. Many of the emails are part of coordinated campaigns….” (See “Electoral College Meets Amid Effort to Deny Trump Presidency” by Staff Writer, 12/19/16, Newsmax/ Home [http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/Electoral-College/2016/12/19/id/764594/]).
That Newsmax article went on to state, along with many anecdotal examples, that “…. Some Democrats have argued that the Electoral College is undemocratic because it gives more weight to less populated states. That is how Hillary Clinton, who got more than 2.6 million more votes nationwide, lost the election to Trump. Some have also tried to dissuade Trump voters by arguing that he is unsuited to the job. Others cite the CIA's assessment that Russia engaged in computer hacking to sway the election in favor of the Republican…. But despite the national group therapy session being conducted by some Democrats, only one Republican elector told the AP that he will not vote for Trump….”
NOTHING IN U.S. CONSTITUTION OR FEDERAL LAW
Newsmax says that there is no constitutional provision or federal law which requires any elector to cast his/her vote for the candidate who carried their state in the November election. However, there are some >>>states<<< that do require their electors to vote for the winning candidate, some by either by operation of state law --- and others by signed pledges. Nonetheless, no elector in the Electoral College has ever been prosecuted for failing to vote as pledged, according to the National Archives. The Newsmax article says that “…. Those laws are rarely tested. More than 99 percent of electors through U.S. history have voted for the candidate who won their state….”
CONGRESS STILL MUST MEET TO CERTIFY RESULT OF ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTE
The Newsmax piece, cited above, also noted that a “joint session of Congress” will convene on January 6th 2017 to certify the results of the Electoral College vote, with Vice President Joe Biden presiding as president of the Senate.
After the result of the Electoral College vote is certified by the Congress, the winner — more than likely Donald Trump — will be sworn in on January 20th.
Friday, December 9, 2016
UH OH !!! --- Georgia’s Secretary of State says there’s evidence of HACKING of his state’s election computers
Georgia officially notified Homeland Security about the unauthorized attempted breach of its elections computer systems --- Homeland Security says it will investigate and then respond to the inquiry directly to the State of Georgia
HERE’S THE RUB: --- the Georgia Attorney General says the post-election attempted hack of his state’s election computers looks like >>> IT WAS DONE BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY <<<
Georgia now wants confirmation and an explanation about the apparent unauthorized intrusion into its computer systems by the Federal Agency
According to a recent report that appears in Newsmax, “The state of Georgia on Thursday accused the U.S. Homeland Security Department of apparently trying to hack its election systems…. In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, Georgia Secretary of State Brian P. Kemp said a computer traced back to the federal agency in Washington tried unsuccessfully to penetrate the state office's firewall one week after the presidential election. The letter speculated that what it described as "a large unblocked scan event" might have been a security test…. It sought details, including whether the agency did in fact conduct the unauthorized scan, who authorized it and whether other states might have been similarly probed. Kemp cited the federal law against knowingly accessing a computer without authorization or exceeding authorized access, which is a felony….” (See “Georgia Accuses US of Trying to Hack Its Election Systems” from AP feed, 12/8/16, Newmax/Home/ Newsfront [http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/US-Election-Hacking/2016/12/08/id/763017/]).
The Newsmax article went on to quote the Georgia Secretary of State as follows: “…. ‘At no time has my office agreed to or permitted DHS to conduct penetration testing or security scans of our network,’ Kemp wrote. ‘Moreover, your department has not contacted my office since this unsuccessful incident to alert us of any security event that would require testing or scanning of our network.’… Kemp said this was ‘especially odd and concerning’ given that he is a member of the U.S. Election Infrastructure Cybersecurity Working Group run by the federal agency….”
Newsmax printed this response from Homeland Security: “…. Homeland Security spokesman Scott McConnell said the department got Kemp's letter and is ‘looking into the matter.’…’DHS takes the trust of our public and private sector partners seriously, and we will respond to Secretary Kemp directly,’ McConnell said….”