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 WhitehouseOvernight Regulation: Net neutrality supporters predict tough court battle | Watchdog to investigate EPA chief's meeting with industry group | Ex-Volkswagen exec gets 7 years for emissions cheating Overnight Energy: Watchdog probes Pruitt speech to mining group | EPA chief promises to let climate scientists present their work | Volkswagen manager gets 7 years for emissions cheating EPA head pledges to protect climate scientists MORE (D-R.I.) and Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenDemocratic senator predicts Franken will resign Thursday Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Lobbying world 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.

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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 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 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.