Colorado Democratic U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, left, and fellow Democratic Rep. Jim Himes of Connecticut, confer at a hearing in Washington. (
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Rep. Ed Perlmutter plans to protest Russian role in U.S. election

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U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter of Colorado is one of several Democrats considering a long-shot challenge to Donald Trump’s presidency before Congress certifies the Electoral College vote in a joint session Friday.

The Democrat from Arvada, along with a handful of fellow House Democrats, said it’s evident Russian intelligence interfered in the election, in violation of American interests. He said it’s not about stopping Trump, which from Democrats’ view would be a welcomed byproduct, however.

Perlmutter said in a statement Thursday:

“It is clear Russia intervened in an attempt to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. This action by a foreign nation was unprecedented, violated our Constitution and undermined the founding pillars of American liberty and democracy. This is not about trying to stop Donald Trump from becoming President. This is about the fact that our liberty, freedom and democracy were compromised by Russia’s intrusion into America’s election. We cannot allow a foreign nation to ever influence our elections because it harms our liberty, freedom and independence. This is bigger than just one election, and for the sake of our democracy, we must remain vigilant.”

The official count of the Electoral College votes is historically a formality, but this time promises fireworks in this historically odd election.

Besides the odd Russian connection, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 2.9 million voters. She won Colorado by 136,386 votes, 48.16 percent to 43.25.



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