by WorldTribune Staff, December 15, 2016
A Harvard University law professor says at least 20 Republican Electoral College voters are seriously considering flipping their vote from Donald Trump.
Professor Larry Lessig has been providing free legal counsel to “faithless electors” from the GOP. With 306 Electoral College votes assigned to Trump, it would take 37 faithless Republican electors to block his presidency and push the election to Congress.
“Obviously, whether an elector ultimately votes his or her conscience will depend in part upon whether there are enough doing the same. We now believe there are more than half the number needed to change the result seriously considering making that vote,” Lessig said.
Lessig in September 2015 announced he would run for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president in 2016. He dropped out before the primaries.
The electors of the Electoral College will cast their ballots on Dec. 19.
Most analysts agree that the Lessig’s and the Left’s effort will almost certainly fail, but the main point of it is to do as much as possible to undermine the legitimacy of Trump’s presidency before he is sworn in on Jan. 20.
According to a Politico report: “Lessig’s anti-Trump group, ‘Electors Trust,’ has been offering pro bono legal counsel to Republican presidential electors considering ditching Trump and has been acting as a clearinghouse for electors to privately communicate their intentions.”
Meanwhile, the list of Democrat electors demanding an intelligence briefing on alleged Russian meddling in the election has grown to 55, most being Democrats.