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Kobach defends Trump’s voter fraud commission as fact based

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The new co-chair of President Trump’s “election integrity” commission on Friday defended the panel’s mission to investigate voter fraud and promised the commission would only deal in “facts.”

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, newly appointed to co-chair the commission along with Vice President Pence, told CNN’s “OutFront” the purpose of Trump’s voter fraud commission is “just to present the facts.”

He pledged that the commission would present “facts” regardless of whether they match the president’s baseless claims that he won the popular vote because “millions” of people voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election.

“There’s never actually been a nationwide effort to look at the scope of voter fraud,” Kobach said. “Why wouldn’t we want to collect as much data as possible.”

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Kobach is a controversial figure who made his name by cracking down on voter fraud as Kansas’ secretary of State and has consulted nationwide on the issue.

He served as a Trump transition aide and shortly after the election claimed that “in excess of a million” people may have fraudulently voted in the 2016 election.

Multiple Democratic lawmakers and progressive groups criticized Trump’s decision to form a national commission to investigate the possibility of voter fraud in U.S. elections.

The NAACP calls voter fraud “mythology” used as “justification for support of laws and policies that promote voter suppression” and Kris Kobach “one of the principal disseminators…despite no statistical proof to validate this claim.”

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez called it a “Trump-sponsored propaganda factory.”

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