Senate Dems demand answers on Social Security info given to election integrity commission

Senate Dems demand answers on Social Security info given to election integrity commission
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Two Senate Democrats are demanding answers from the Social Security Administration (SSA) about the agency's contacts with President Trump's voter fraud commission over concerns that the SSA is "coordinating" with the efforts of the commission.

In a letter obtained by HuffPost on Thursday, Sens. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseCommittee chairman aims for House vote on opioid bills by Memorial Day Regulators seek to remove barriers to electric grid storage Prison sentencing bill advances over Sessions objections MORE (D-R.I.) and Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenOvernight Health Care: Trump eases rules on insurance outside ObamaCare | HHS office on religious rights gets 300 complaints in a month | GOP chair eyes opioid bill vote by Memorial Day Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare Grassley, Dems step up battle over judicial nominees MORE (D-Ore.) accuse the SSA of becoming a "cog" in the Trump administration's "voter suppression" efforts.

"We are deeply concerned that SSA is becoming a cog in this Administration's machinery of voter suppression," the senators wrote. "Full disclosure of any documents reflecting communication or coordination between SSA and the Commission is therefore necessary for Congress to provide appropriate oversight on this issue."

The letter goes on to request any documents detailing communication between the SSA and the commission, particularly regarding state voter roll data or any data supplied by the Social Security Administration.


In addition, the senators want to know about a June 28 request made by the commission, headed by Vice President Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, for an "extensive" set of state voter roll records.

"On June 28, 2017, the Commission sent requests to state election officials seeking an extensive set of state voter records," the letter reads. "Was SSA consulted or advised in any way about these requests? Please include any relevant documents or records of any such communications in your response."

Trump created the voter fraud commission in February to investigate his frequently-mentioned claim that Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWoman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Trump: CNN, MSNBC 'got scammed' into covering Russian-organized rally Pennsylvania Democrats set to win big with new district map MORE won the popular vote due to "millions" of illegal votes cast during the 2016 election.

The Government Accountability Office announced last month that it will investigate the activities of the commission after several Democratic senators asked the agency to look at the matter.

Trump won the Electoral College in November, but lost the popular vote to the Democratic nominee by nearly 3 million ballots.