Ryan: ‘No evidence’ of mass voter fraud as Trump claimed

House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanTo cut poverty and solve the labor shortage, enhance the Earned Income Tax Credit Wisconsin GOP quietly prepares Ron Johnson backup plans RealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump MORE reiterated Tuesday that he’s seen “no evidence” of rampant voter fraud during the 2016 election.

The Wisconsin Republican’s remarks came one day after President Donald TrumpDonald TrumpFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries Missouri Rep. Billy Long enters Senate GOP primary Trump-backed Mike Carey wins GOP primary in Ohio special election MORE told Ryan and other congressional leaders during a private White House meeting that he lost the popular vote only because 3 million to 5 million “illegals” voted.

“I’ve seen no evidence to that effect. I’ve made that very, very clear,” Ryan told reporters at the Capitol, reiterating his position on Trump’s claim of mass voter fraud. 

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Trump won the White House in November by easily defeating Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries Shontel Brown wins Ohio Democratic primary in show of establishment strength READ: Cuomo's defense against sexual harassment investigation MORE in the Electoral College, 304 to 227. But Clinton won the popular tally by taking home nearly 3 million more votes than Trump nationwide. 

That's been a sore subject for the new commander in chief. Shortly after his successful election, Trump tweeted: “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 rehashed that false claim — which has been dismissed by state officials and independent fact-checkers — at Monday’s bipartisan meet-and-greet with the top eight House and Senate lawmakers, according to two sources familiar with the White House discussion.

"He said 3 to 5 million 'illegals' voted so that's why he lost popular vote," said a Democratic aide.

Trump’s latest comments drew a stern rebuke from one former presidential rival, Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by AT&T - Simone wins bronze with altered beam routine The job of shielding journalists is not finished The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions MORE (R-S.C.), who urged him to stop claiming voter fraud cost him the popular vote.

“… I am begging the president, share with us the information you have about this or please stop saying it,” Graham said.

“As a matter of fact, I’d like you do more than stop saying it, I’d like you to come forward and say, ‘Having looked at it, I am confident the election was fair and accurate and people who voted voted legally.’ ‘Cause if he doesn’t do that, this is going to undermine his ability to govern this country.”