McConnell: Voter fraud happens
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMomentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day Trump expects to nominate woman to replace Ginsburg next week Video of Lindsey Graham arguing against nominating a Supreme Court justice in an election year goes viral MORE (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that voter fraud "does happen," but would not weigh in on President Trump's claim that it cost him the popular vote.

"It does occur," he told reporters at a weekly press conference. "The notion that election fraud is a fiction is not true."

“There are always arguments on both sides about how much, how frequent and all the rest," he added.

McConnell, asked about Trump's comments, noted there are "people literally in jail in Kentucky" for voter fraud.

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Two sources told The Hill that Trump, during a closed-door Monday meeting, told the eight congressional leaders gathered that he only lost the popular vote because of rampant voter fraud by "illegals."

Asked about the comments on Tuesday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that it is Trump's "belief" that voter fraud is widespread.

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerVideo of Lindsey Graham arguing against nominating a Supreme Court justice in an election year goes viral Graham signals support for confirming a Supreme Court nominee this year Pelosi orders Capitol flags at half-staff to honor Ginsburg MORE (D-N.Y.) said congressional leadership, including Republicans, didn't give Trump's comments "much credence."

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanKenosha will be a good bellwether in 2020 At indoor rally, Pence says election runs through Wisconsin Juan Williams: Breaking down the debates MORE (R-Wis.) appeared to distance himself from Trump, noting he has seen "no evidence" that voter fraud impacted the outcome of the election.