The CIA conclusion that the Russians hacked our presidential election in order to get Trump elected is now getting the media and congressional attention it deserves.
A bi-partisan investigation of the Kremlin's hacks can only determine the degree to which our recent election was compromised and with it the legitimacy a Trump presidency.
Any Trump claim to a mandate to govern is dubious on multiple counts:
Trump lost the popular vote by over 2.6 million votes.
His victory in the Electoral College hangs by a thread because we don't know the degree to which elections in battleground were gamed by the Russians.
We know that the Russians also created off shore web sites to mislead the voters to Trump's advantage.
But sadly this game of the black arts by what I'm calling The Troika of Donald Trump, Vladmir Putin and Juliann Assange is playing out like another saga of political horrors, Watergate.
During the 1972 campaign between Nixon and McGovern, the particulars of the systemic scandal in the Nixon White House was well known but the American public chose to ignore the rot that was the Nixon administration.
The difference is that Nixon won a landslide EC and popular vote victory but 2 years later he was forced to resign or face impeachment. Gerald Ford gracefully ended our long "national nightmare" assuming the presidency as the Constitution allows.
This time, a majority of Americans did a sniff test and voted against Donald Trump and his not so merry band of altRight white nationalists, corporatists and craven mainstream Republicans.
The Electoral College however has turned into a Faustian bargain.
If Watergate proves anything it's that it will take time to find the truth of this international criminal conspiracy against American democratic institutions. But at least the story is out 6 weeks before Trump 'might' assume the Presidency. So it's up to the American people to draw their own conclusions and let the Congress know how they feel.
It's up to members of the US Senate and House intelligence committees to step up and investigate the nature of this criminal conspiracy. If this impending investigation can't be concluded by inauguration day, January 20th - Congressional leaders should go to the Supreme Court for an injunction stopping the EC count.
In the past presidents didn't assume office until March 20th. Delaying the inauguration while extraordinary would give time to clear the air. This is not just a debate over the Electoral College it's the emergence of a Constitutional crisis. Can we trust the integrity of "this" election for the most powerful leader in the world?
Until that question is answered neither Trump or Clinton should take the oath of office. As Donald Rumsfeld used to say in his enigmatic way - we are in the realm of the "known unknowns." This is not how to run a railroad let alone decide who won a flawed election. We have a President he can stay on the job until things are cleared up...
The other option is for Congress to select an interim president and vice president while all of this is sorted out. My suggestion would to retain VP Biden and then let the Congress select a VP - most likely Paul Ryan...
A bi-partisan coalition government would be a solid foundation for governance until this mess is resolved. Extraordinary times requires extraordinary out of the box thinking.