Trump creates panel to investigate voter fraud

US Vice President Mike Pence
US Vice President Mike Pence speaking in Washington
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13 May, 2017

President Donald Trump plans to create a commission on Thursday to investigate voter fraud and voter suppression, a White House official said, a move that follows Trump's unsubstantiated claims of massive voter fraud in the 2016 US election.

Shortly after taking office, Trump claimed, without offering evidence, that 3 million to 5 million people voted illegally in 2016 and that he would create a commission led by Vice President Mike Pence to investigate. Were they going to appoint a commission on How Trump Had the Biggest Inaugural Crowd in History while they were at it?

Vice President Pence will lead the commission and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a Republican, will be the vice chair. "I don't believe I got one".

"The commission will review policies and practices that enhance or undermine the American people's confidence in the integrity of federal elections, and provide the president with a report that identifies system vulnerabilities", Huckabee Sanders said.

The ACLU also said Thursday that it had filed a Freedom of Information Act request "seeking information that the Trump administration is using as the basis for its voter fraud claims", which the group termed "fake news" disseminated by the president.

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When the White House said a few months ago that it would be forming a commission to investigate voter fraud, some laughed.

Even before it was formally announced, news of the commission's launch met with a cascade of criticism from voting-rights and other organizations.

League of Women Voters President Chris Carson, meanwhile, said, "the real objective of this effort is to justify President Trump's false claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2016 elections".

"He fired the person investigating a real threat to election integrity, and set up a probe of an imaginary threat", Waldman said, referring to the FBI's ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in last year's presidential election. Kobach is a controversial pick due to his own crusades against voter fraud in Kansas and his tough stance on immigration.

"In fact, my office found zero substantiated claims of voter fraud in NY past year, as I detailed in my letter to Congress".


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