Dems want probe of Trump's voter fraud commission

Dems want probe of Trump's voter fraud commission
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A group of Senate Democrats is asking a government watchdog to investigate President Trump's voter fraud commission.

Democratic Sens. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetThe Hill's 12:30 Report: House panel approves impeachment powers Burden in tonight's debate is on Democratic realists 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the September Democratic debate MORE (Colo.), Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharOn The Money: Democratic candidates lay into Trump on trade | China exempts US soybeans, pork from tariff hikes | Congress set to ignore Trump's wall request in stopgap measure Overnight Energy: Harris goes after DOJ antitrust probe of automakers over emissions | Trump on energy-efficient light bulbs: 'I always look orange' | Climate change only briefly discussed in third presidential debate CNN, NY Times to host next Democratic debate in October MORE (Minn.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerCastro attack shines spotlight on Biden's age CNN, NY Times to host next Democratic debate in October Poll: College students say Warren won third Democratic debate MORE (N.J.) sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) saying the panel, known as the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, is a "cause for serious concern."

"Investigative reports raise questions about the partisan motives and actions of the Commission," the senators wrote.

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They added that the panel has "ignored numerous requests" from lawmakers seeking to clarify its activities.

Senators want the GAO to look into any federal funds that have been directed to the panel as well as what work the commission has done on voter participation and protection for voter information.

The Democratic lawmakers also want to know what methods the commission is using to draw any conclusions and how it is obeying rules governing its activities.

The senators are asking GAO to complete the investigation within six months of the panel's termination. Under Trump's executive order, the commission can run for two years, unless the president extends it, or 30 days after it gives its final report to Trump, whichever occurs first.
 
Trump created the commission by executive order in May to investigate his claims — presented without evidence — of widespread voter fraud in last year's presidential election.

But it's been beset by lawsuits and controversy, including a widely rejected request that states send in voter roll data.

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSinema says she would back Kennedy in race against Markey Democrats threaten to withhold defense votes over wall Pelosi: 'People are dying' because McConnell won't bring up gun legislation MORE (D-N.Y.) said earlier this year that Democrats would actively try to disband the commission.