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 TrumpDemocrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda Buttigieg says he doubts Sanders can win general election Post-Mueller, Trump has a good story to tell for 2020 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 ClintonDavis: The shocking fact that Mueller never would have accused Trump of a crime Trump says he would challenge impeachment in Supreme Court The Hill's Morning Report - Will Joe Biden's unifying strategy work? 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.