Quick Disclaimer: This is entirely a thought piece tended to provoke debate, not a proposal I am currently suggesting
1st Corrupt Bargain
No majority EC winner led to House vote of Adams over Jackson with Henry Clay throwing his votes in the House in exchange for getting named Secretary of State.
2nd Corrupt Bargain
Electoral Commission gave disputed electors to Rutherford Hayes in exchange for his withdrawal of Federal troops from Southern States, mollifying Democrats who’s preferred candidate won the popular vote.
3rd Corrupt Bargain
These are our known known’s so far:
–Flynn and Manafort were directly on Putin payroll (via RT and Ukranian puppet)
-Bannon has close ideological ties to main Putin ideologues in international alt-right movement
–CIA confirms Russian intel hacked into DNC to embarrass Hillary Clinton to benefit Donald Trump
Our Unknown Known’s:
Our Unknown Unknown’s:
–Direct ties to the hacking from Trump or his team
I would argue any of the Unknown Knowns or Unknown Unknowns are likely grounds for impeachment proceedings. I would also argue that the Known Knowns should’ve given American voters great pause before selecting their President, and should give electors that same pause today. Facing the December 19th deadline to make their votes, it is paramount for electors to throw this election into the House of Representatives to at least delay the certification of the President until these facts can be known.
This would then give House Democrats and Republican’s concerned about Russia an opportunity to negotiate with the Republicans directly for a solution to this impasse. Obviously, many of them have grave concerns about Russian influence on the foreign policy of the United States going forward and if this election hacking was related to it.
My proposal would be to select Vice President elect Pence in exchange for him nominating a mainstream Republican cabinet (think Petraeus/Romney/Chertoff not Flynn, Tillerson, or Sessions), staff free of alt-right or Putin sympathizers, and recommitting the US to all international alliances and agreements including NATO. Senate Democrats would also agree to his Vice Presidential choice (a mainstream conservative like Kasich).
Throwing the election back to HRC would split the country in half and raise legitimacy issues, even if I agree that it’s ridiculous the popular vote winner is not already President-elect. But it would invalidate the popular vote of the respective states Trump won. His electoral majority is legitimate, and not the direct result of hacking or fraud. That said, if Russian intelligence acted on his benefit with his consent, that is grounds for his dismissal as President. If they acted without his consent, he still has far too many close associations and sympathies with the Putin regime for this outcome to be good for the long term independence of the American electoral system and the long term influence of American power abroad. A majority of American electors are duly pledged to the Republican ticket, this solution preserves the intention of those voters to send a Republican to the White House within the constitutional framework of our republic. These other two examples demonstrate that while unusual, and in the case of the Compromise of 1877 morally repugnant, there is some precedence for this occurring in the past.
It is doubtful this would actually happen and is anything other than a hypothetical. And I am sure it presents as many problems as it purports to solve. But I am gravely concerned that a foreign government has successfully engineered a White House favorable to their geopolitical interests and ideological affinities, and not those of mainstream Americans in either party.