Dems want probe of Trump's voter fraud commission

Dems want probe of Trump's voter fraud commission
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A group of Senate Democrats is asking a government watchdog to investigate President Trump's voter fraud commission.

Democratic Sens. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetHarley stunner spikes tension with Trump over trade policy Races to watch in Tuesday’s primaries Democrats protest Trump's immigration policy from Senate floor MORE (Colo.), Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharBooker seizes on Kavanaugh confirmation fight Democrats build abortion case against Kavanaugh  The animating forces behind the Democratic Party are true, radical leftists MORE (Minn.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump readies for Putin summit: 'He’s not my enemy’ Booker seizes on Kavanaugh confirmation fight Dem senator: Kavanaugh would 'turn back the clock' on women's health care MORE (N.J.) sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) saying the panel, known as the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, is a "cause for serious concern."

"Investigative reports raise questions about the partisan motives and actions of the Commission," the senators wrote.

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They added that the panel has "ignored numerous requests" from lawmakers seeking to clarify its activities.

Senators want the GAO to look into any federal funds that have been directed to the panel as well as what work the commission has done on voter participation and protection for voter information.

The Democratic lawmakers also want to know what methods the commission is using to draw any conclusions and how it is obeying rules governing its activities.

The senators are asking GAO to complete the investigation within six months of the panel's termination. Under Trump's executive order, the commission can run for two years, unless the president extends it, or 30 days after it gives its final report to Trump, whichever occurs first.
 
Trump created the commission by executive order in May to investigate his claims — presented without evidence — of widespread voter fraud in last year's presidential election.

But it's been beset by lawsuits and controversy, including a widely rejected request that states send in voter roll data.

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerThis week: GOP mulls vote on ‘abolish ICE’ legislation Red-state Dem tells Schumer to 'kiss my you know what' on Supreme Court vote Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick MORE (D-N.Y.) said earlier this year that Democrats would actively try to disband the commission.