White House: 'No evidence' of Trump's voter-fraud claim

White House: 'No evidence' of Trump's voter-fraud claim
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The White House on Monday dismissed President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpFreedom Caucus member condemns GOP group pushing 'Anglo-Saxon political traditions' MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's new free speech site to ban certain curse words Secret Facebook groups of special operations officers include racist comments, QAnon posts: report MORE’s unsubstantiated claim of widespread voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election.

“There has been no evidence produced to substantiate a claim like that,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.


Earnest refused to comment further on Trump's allegations.

“I would defer to the president-elect’s team for commentary on his tweets," he said.

Trump on Sunday claimed, without citing evidence, that millions of people voted illegally for Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPelosi on power in DC: 'You have to seize it' Cuba readies for life without Castro Chelsea Clinton: Pics of Trump getting vaccinated would help him 'claim credit' MORE and that he would have won the popular vote if their ballots were not counted.

“In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally,” he tweeted.

Trump’s allegation appeared to have originated on the Infowars website, which is operated by radio host Alex Jones, a Trump backer who frequently spreads conspiracy theories.

The site recently reported that 3 million votes were cast by noncitizens, citing the tweets of one conservative activist who provided no evidence to back up his claim.

The websites Snopes and PolitiFact have called the claims “unproven” and “false,” respectively.

Asked for evidence supporting Trump's claims, spokesman Jason Miller cited a 2012 Pew Research study showing 1 in 8 voter registrations is inaccurate or invalid.

He also pointed to a 2014 Washington Post study that said 14 percent of noncitizens could be registered to vote.

The Post's fact-checkers later noted some academics questioned the validity of the study.

— Ben Kamisar contributed to this report.