The Trump administration scraps its voter-fraud commission

The Trump administration scraps its voter-fraud commission

The Trump administration scraps its voter-fraud commission

The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity was established by executive order in May after the president, who won the Electoral College but not the popular vote, insisted repeatedly that Hillary Clinton received approximately 2.9 million more votes because of illegal voting.

The most recent charges come on the heels of Trump's announcement late Wednesday that he is disbanding the commission for which Kobach had served as vice chairman. "Rather than engage in endless legal battles at taxpayer expense, today I signed an executive order to dissolve the commission, and have asked the Department of Homeland Security to review these issues and determine next courses of action", the statement said.

The White House blamed it on states' refusal to turn over information needed for the inquiry.

He followed that up with another tweet asking Americans to "push hard for voter identification". "The sham commission was a political ploy to provide cover for the president's wild and unfounded claims of mass voter fraud, and to lay the foundation to purge eligible voters from the rolls", she said.

The Kansas secretary of state's prominent role on the commission fueled opposition to it. Kansas has some of the nation's toughest voter ID laws, and Kobach has been enmeshed in multiple lawsuits.

To date, no federal laws have been put in place to limit voting rights and the courts have soundly rejected numerous state restrictions.

Controversy surrounding the commission only amplified in the subsequent months when one of the panel's Democrat members filed a lawsuit alleging Democrats had been excluded from the proceedings and was not allowed to see the information the conservative members were examining.

A judge on December 22 had ordered the commission to provide Dunlap with some of the materials he had requested.

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President Donald Trump abruptly shut down his commission on election integrity on Wednesday evening.

Groups that opposed the president's commission were quick to declare victory. The White House sent out the public release around the same time.

"It's no coincidence that the president dissolved the commission once it became clear it wouldn't be permitted to operate in the shadows", American Oversight Executive Director Austin Evers said in the statement. We intend to continue to fight for his right to access to the commission's secret communications.

President Trump isn't one to take a setback silently.

The administration formed the commission, headed by Vice President Mike Pence, in May 2017 and instructed it to investigate "improper voting, fraudulent voter registrations, and fraudulent voting".

"ICE has scant experience in this area and the databases Kobach wants DHS to use... are not designed for that objective and do not automatically reveal the status of immigrants who become U.S. citizens, which means thousands of noncitizen who are subsequently naturalized could be mistakenly tagged as illegal voters", Berman wrote this week. The majority of states - including some led by Republican state officials - refused to fully comply with the request, although many did provide information that was already public, according to press reports. The group's last meeting was in September.

Critics also viewed the commission as part of an attempt to distract from the ongoing investigations into Russian election meddling and potential collusion between Moscow and Trump campaign aides.

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