Chaffetz on voter fraud: 'I don’t see any evidence’

Chaffetz on voter fraud: 'I don’t see any evidence’
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House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzElijah Cummings, Democratic chairman and powerful Trump critic, dies at 68 House Oversight panel demands DeVos turn over personal email records The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - Trump attack on progressive Dems draws sharp rebuke MORE (R-Utah) said he has not witnessed any signs of the national voting fraud that President Trump has claimed.

“On the voter fraud issue, that really happens at the county level,” he told reporters Wednesday, according to CNN. "I don’t see any evidence.”

“But the president has 100,000 people at the Department of Justice, and if he wants to have an investigation, have at it,” Chaffetz added at the congressional Republican retreat in Philadelphia. "I just don’t see any evidence of it.”


“The Oversight Committee is not planning to do anything with it. If the president sees that, he’s got 100,000 people he can task with doing that.”

Trump earlier Wednesday said he will launch a “major” investigation into voting fraud nationwide, which he has claimed cost him the popular vote by logging millions of illegal ballots. 

“I will be asking for a major investigation into VOTER FRAUD, including those who registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal and…even those registered to vote who are dead (and many for a long time),” he tweeted. "Depending on results, we will strengthen up voting procedures!”

A senior Trump administration official told CNN Wednesday, meanwhile, the president could sign an executive order or presidential memorandum dealing with voter fraud. Trump performing such a move could launch a Justice Department-led investigation into the matter as early as Thursday.

CNN’s source added that Trump wants to discuss the issue with GOP lawmakers in Philadelphia before deciding upon the best method for conducting such a probe.

“He wants to tell them more about why he is talking about voter fraud,” the official said, noting Trump wanted other Republican opinions before taking any action.

Top Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway said on MSNBC Wednesday that Trump does plan to talk about the issue with lawmakers Thursday when he heads to the GOP retreat in Philadelphia. 

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonNo, the polls aren't wrong — but you have to know what to look for How to shut down fake Republican outrage over 'spying' on Trump More than 200,000 Wisconsin voters will be removed from the rolls MORE won the popular vote by more than 2.8 million votes, but Trump won the Electoral College.

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have since challenged Trump’s claims about rampant voter fraud, arguing no evidence exists to support such accusations.