Trump signs order launching voter fraud investigation

President Trump on Thursday signed an executive order establishing an “election integrity” commission to investigate voter fraud.

The commission will be chaired by Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceNew GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum Pence hires Freedom Caucus adviser for press secretary Lawmakers, pick up the ball on health care and reform Medicaid MORE, and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach will serve as vice chair, the White House announced during Thursday's press briefing. 

It will “study the registration and voting processes used in Federal elections” as well as “fraudulent voter registrations and fraudulent voting," the order says.

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Lawmakers from both parties will be on the commission, which will be tasked with studying practices and policies "that undermine the American people's confidence in the integrity of the voting processes used in Federal elections," according to the text of the executive order.

The commission will be charged with reviewing Trump’s allegations that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election. 

Trump repeatedly made baseless claims that he only lost the popular vote to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden slams Trump over golf gif hitting Clinton Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax hit by earlier hack | What to know about Kaspersky controversy | Officials review EU-US privacy pact Overnight Tech: Equifax hit by earlier undisclosed hack | Facebook takes heat over Russian ads | Alt-right Twitter rival may lose domain MORE because of millions of illegal votes. There has so far been no evidence to support his claims. 

“You can never really find, you know, there are going to be — no matter what numbers we come up with there are going to be lots of people that did things that we're not going to find out about,” Trump said in January after taking office. "But we will find out because we need a better system where that can't happen.”

Kobach, who served as an aide in Trump’s transition, has previously claimed “in excess of a million” people voted illegally in the 2016 election.

“We do know that there’s a very large number, and it will be impossible to ever know what the exact number is of non-citizens voting," Kobach told Fox Business Network in January. "I think it probably was [millions]. … If you take the whole country, I think it is probably in excess of a million, if you take the entire country for sure."

Kobach cited no evidence supporting his claim but said it was just “a projection.”

- Updated at 2:32 p.m.