A former CIA operative has called for a new round of voting after intelligence agencies concluded that Russia interfered to make sure Donald Trump got into the White House.
Robert Baer appeared on CNN on Sunday and said: ‘If we had been caught interfering in European elections or Asian elections or anywhere in the world, those countries would call for new elections. And any democracy would.’
He also urged the CIA to release evidence of the Kremlin’s influence before members of the electoral college cast their ballots on December 19.
Baer, a 21-year veteran of the CIA who received a Career Intelligence Medal after retiring in 1997, said he was ‘deeply disturbed’ by Moscow’s meddling.
While he conceded that ‘we’ll never be able to decide whether they changed the outcome’, he said evidence should be released before the electoral college votes.
‘The electoral college before the 19th has got to know, whether the Russians had an effect, if they went to Wikileaks, whether they hacked email, and whether they affected American opinion.’
‘And they had a good reason to go after Hillary Clinton. Putin hates her for the Ukraine,’ he added, in a reference to Clinton’s stance on the Crimean crisis.
Clinton previously announced her commitment to defend Ukraine ‘in the face of Russian aggression’ and vowed to strengthen the US’ relationship with the county if elected.
When Baer was pressed about the feasibility of holding another presidential election, he emphasized that the legitimacy of the government was in doubt while conceding that he wasn’t sure how it would work constitutionally.