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“Final Chance”: The Independent Interviews Professor Thorpe about Electoral College Vote

Submitted by Caterina Rost on December 18, 2016 - 4:50pm

The British newspaper The Independent interviewed UW Political Science Professor Rebecca Thorpe about the U.S. presidential election, the Electoral College vote, and the chances for impeachment. Regarding the upcoming Electoral College vote, Professor Thorpe noted that “it is incredibly unlikely that the electors will alter the expected result.” She also addressed the DNC hack and the potential involvement of Russia. And while there is a lack of evidence for actual voter fraud, Thorpe argued that “given the razor-thin margins in key crucial swing states, essentially anything could have tilted the balance.” Finally, addressing the chances for impeachment, she maintained:

“Given Trump’s numerous financial conflicts of interests, the potential for corruption and the likely violations of the Emoluments Clause, the legal possibility for impeachment is rife. However, with a GOP-controlled House and Senate, the possibility of impeachment is not a question of law but of political will.”

The article entitled “America has one final chance to stop Donald Trump from becoming president” was written by Jon Sharman and appeared on December 18, 2016.