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 TrumpBiden says Roe v. Wade under attack like 'never before' On student loans, Biden doesn't have an answer yet Grill company apologizes after sending meatloaf recipe on same day of rock star's death 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 ClintonNo Hillary — the 'Third Way' is the wrong way The dangerous erosion of Democratic Party foundations The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats see victory in a voting rights defeat 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 ConnollyDemocrats urge IRS to start with lowest-income Americans in clearing tax return backlog Biden to sign order to streamline government services to public Proposed Virginia maps put rising-star House Democrats at risk MORE (D-Va.) said the commission got “the ugly death it deserved."

Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetThese Senate seats are up for election in 2022 Overnight Energy & Environment — Starting from 'scratch' on climate, spending bill Eight senators ask Biden to reverse course on Trump-era solar tariffs 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: