Trump warns of 'maximum criminal penalties' for voter fraud in midterms

Trump warns of 'maximum criminal penalties' for voter fraud in midterms
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpAverage tax refunds down double-digits, IRS data shows White House warns Maduro as Venezuela orders partial closure of border with Colombia Trump administration directs 1,000 more troops to Mexican border MORE warned on Monday that anyone caught committing voter fraud in Tuesday's midterm elections will be “subject to the maximum criminal penalties allowed by law.”

“Law Enforcement has been strongly notified to watch closely for any ILLEGAL VOTING which may take place in Tuesday’s Election (or Early Voting),” the president said in a tweet one day before the midterms.

Trump has frequently claimed that voter fraud is a significant issue.

Shortly after his election in 2016, he insisted that he would have won the popular vote against Democratic candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDem strategist says Clinton ‘absolutely’ has a role to play in 2020 Left-leaning journalist: Sanders would be 'formidable candidate' against Trump Clinton hits EPA for approval of pesticide dump: ‘We need bees!’ MORE if “millions of people” had not voted illegally.

Experts, however, have said that illegal voting does not occur on a large scale.

The White House launched the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity in May 2017 to investigate Trump's unfounded claims. It was led by conservative Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who is now a GOP gubernatorial candidate in the state.

Trump dissolved the controversial commission in January after several states refused to hand over voter information and it was unable to prove a large number of votes were cast illegally.