Democrats cheer the end of voter fraud commission

Democrats cheer the end of voter fraud commission
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Democrats on Wednesday celebrated the dissolution of a highly controversial panel set up to investigate President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery MORE’s claims of voter fraud during the 2016 election.

Trump announced Wednesday he was dissolving the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, which was created last May to investigate his unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud during the 2016 election.

A number of Democratic lawmakers praised the decision, deriding the commission as a violation of voters' rights.

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Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement that “rather than engage in endless legal battles at taxpayer expense,” Trump signed an order that abolished the panel and turned the matter over to the Department of Homeland Security.

Trump has previously said, without evidence, that millions of illegal votes cost him the popular vote against Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants Sarah Sanders says she was interviewed by Mueller's office Trump: I believe Obama would have gone to war with North Korea MORE.

The panel met twice, but was bogged down by states’ lack of cooperation and several lawsuits alleging it violated voters' privacy.

On Wednesday, critics of the panel celebrated Trump’s announcement.

Rep. Gerry ConnollyGerald (Gerry) Edward ConnollyDem rep hopes Omar can be 'mentored,' remain on Foreign Affairs panel Fairfax removed from leadership post in lieutenant governors group Virginia Legislative Black Caucus calls on Fairfax to step down MORE (D-Va.) said the commission got “the ugly death it deserved."

Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetDemocratic donors stuck in shopping phase of primary Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by America's 340B Hospitals — CDC blames e-cigs for rise in youth tobacco use | FDA cracks down on dietary supplements | More drug pricing hearings on tap The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine - Next 24 hours critical for stalled funding talks MORE (D-Colo.) called on the Department of Homeland Security to “end this taxpayer-funded fishing expedition.”

Others railed against the panel as an attempt to "suppress" voters, with some saying the only "fraud" was the commission itself.

 

 

Read lawmaker's responses below: