Obama election commission leader gives Trump voter fraud panel an 'F'

Obama election commission leader gives Trump voter fraud panel an 'F'
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A former election commissioner in the Obama administration says President Trump’s voter fraud commission deserves an "F" grade.

Bob Bauer, who co-chaired the presidential election commission in 2013 and 2014, told NBC News that Trump’s Presidential Commission on Election Integrity is “an F enterprise.”

"F at the beginning, F all along, F now. It's an F enterprise," Bauer told the news outlet.

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Bauer, a Democrat who also served as Obama’s White House counsel, said Trump’s voter fraud commission “was destined to be a calamitous failure.” 

"It was simply affected from the very beginning by partisan design and partisan leadership,” he said. 

The commission, helmed by Kansas Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach, has come under scrutiny, with critics arguing it is a partisan endeavor meant to promote voter suppression. It is made up of seven Republicans and five Democrats.

Trump created the election commission after making claims, without evidence, that millions of illegal votes were cast in the 2016 presidential election.

Bauer questioned whether Trump’s commission, which has been riddled with controversy and multiple lawsuits, will recover.

"I don't see any way that it will burrow out of this hole," said Bauer. "I don't see how something designed so cynically can pull together in the end."