Electors ready to vote
Nevada’s six presidential electors will meet in Carson City on Dec. 10. They are Theresa Benitez-Thompson, Joetta Brown, Paul Catha II, Greg Gardella, Larry Jackson and Dayananda Prabhu Rachakonda. They are all expected to vote for Hillary Clinton, who carried Nevada.
Their task will be simpler than Republican electors in other states pledged to Donald Trump, since last weekend’s news out of the Central Intelligence Agency. The agency, which had claimed before the election that Russia was hacking Democratic Party computers, went further this month, saying it had concluded that the hacking was designed to aid Trump’s campaign.
That put Republican electors in the awkward position of supporting Russia’s alleged choice for president over the U.S. public’s choice for president—if the CIA claims are true. Ten presidential electors have asked for briefings from the CIA and also said they expect Trump to respond. When the CIA news came out last weekend, Trump was dismissive, saying the charge was ridiculous.
Some members of the foreign policy establishment were reported to be upset that Trump responded by attacking U.S. intelligence instead of Russian intelligence.