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 PencePence allies worried he'll be called to answer questions from Mueller: report Trump thought it was ‘low class’ for Pence to bring pets to VP residence: report Pence told RNC he could replace Trump on ticket after 'Access Hollywood' tape came out: report 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 ClintonGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP lawmakers cite new allegations of political bias in FBI Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father 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.