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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 BennetLawmakers discuss Latino education gap The Hill's Morning Report: Hannity drawn into Cohen legal fight Overnight Energy: Dems release docs questioning Pruitt's security | GOP pushes back on calls to investigate Pruitt | Pruitt's chief takes responsibility for controversial raises MORE (Colo.), Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharDem senators call on FCC to protect against robocalls Republicans refuse to back opioids bill sponsored by vulnerable Dem Resolution allowing Duckworth to bring baby on floor headed to full Senate MORE (Minn.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerDem senators unveil expanded public option for health insurance Dem senators call on FCC to protect against robocalls The Hill says goodbye to 50 Most Beautiful 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 SchumerCorker won’t campaign against Democrat running for Tennessee Senate seat Family, friends mourn death of Barbara Bush James Comey’s history of misconduct  MORE (D-N.Y.) said earlier this year that Democrats would actively try to disband the commission.