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 faces high stakes in meeting with Erdoğan amid impeachment drama Democrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Trump threatening to fire Mulvaney: report 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 ClintonDemocrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Krystal Ball credits Gabbard's upswing in 2020 race to 'feckless' Democratic establishment Outsider candidates outpoll insider candidates 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 ConnollyBrindisi, Lamb recommended for Armed Services, Transportation Committees Overnight Defense: Protests at Trump's NYC Veterans Day speech | House Dems release Pentagon official's deposition transcript | Lawmakers ask Trump to rescind Erdogan invite Bipartisan House members call on Trump to rescind Erdoğan invitation MORE (D-Va.) said the commission got “the ugly death it deserved."

Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetPress: Another billionaire need not apply Democrats debate how to defeat Trump: fight or heal Overnight Energy: EPA watchdog slams agency chief after deputy fails to cooperate in probe | Justices wrestle with reach of Clean Water Act | Bipartisan Senate climate caucus grows 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: