John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s former campaign chair, is fueling conspiracy theories that Russians successfully hacked the election to make Donald Trump the next president.
“We now know that the CIA has determined Russia’s interference in our elections was for the purpose of electing Donald Trump,” he said in a statement to Politico. “This should distress every American.”
Podesta issued his statement in response to letter from Nancy Pelosi’s daughter Christine, a voting member of the electoral college, to request a security briefing before she casts a ballot.
“We further require a briefing on all investigative findings, as these matters directly impact the core factors in our deliberations of whether Mr. Trump is fit to serve as President of the United States,” Pelosi’s letter read.
Podesta’s statement floats the suggestion that electors could theoretically select a different candidate for president than Donald Trump.