Donald Trump signs executive order to establish voter fraud investigation

Donald Trump signs executive order to establish voter fraud investigation

Donald Trump signs executive order to establish voter fraud investigation

US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to establish a commission to review alleged voter fraud and voter suppression in the American election system, the media reported.

Trump claimed, with zero evidence, that "millions" of people "voted illegally" in the 2016 election - his excuse for why he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton.

At the time, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the investigation wouldn't just be about the 2016 election, but "about the integrity of our voting system".

However, the ACLU filed a freedom of information request to challenge the basis for the White House's voter fraud claims.

Trump said in January he would seek an investigation into voter fraud in the election, even though the consensus among state officials and election experts is that it is rare in the United States.

Trump is signing an executive order which is created to justify his false claims of voter fraud, but his executive order has another goal, and that is to lay the groundwork for stealing the 2020 election.

Meanwhile, top Democratic leaders reacted with suspicion to the creation of the commission ostensibly created to protect the "integrity" of the electoral system, reports Efe news.

"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. Trump has repeatedly claimed that her tally was inflated by voter fraud, including by undocumented immigrants who aren't eligible to cast votes. Improper or fraudulent registrations, voting fraud and voter suppression are among the issues the commission will study, they said.

Mr Trump won the presidency with an Electoral College victory despite losing to Mrs Clinton by almost three million votes. He worked a year ago to disqualify the state and local votes of thousands of people who did not meet the criteria. He hasn't offered any proof of the allegation and state election officials across the country have disputed the contention. Schneiderman said his office found no substantiated claims of voter fraud in NY previous year.

According to Politico, President Trump also made allegations of voter fraud during a closed-door meeting with a group of senators slated to discuss the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

The official says the panel will include Republicans and Democrats and include current and former state election officials.

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