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 BennetSunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for week two of impeachment trial Impeachment throws curveball in Iowa to sidelined senators Sanders says it's 'disappointing' he's not on campaign trail in Iowa MORE (Colo.), Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharDes Moines Register endorses Elizabeth Warren as Democratic presidential nominee Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for week two of impeachment trial Moore defends Sanders's reputation: 'We don't want the fake, and the phony and the fraudulent' MORE (Minn.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSenate Dems to Pompeo: Comments about NPR reporter 'insulting and contemptuous' Black caucus in Nevada: 'Notion that Biden has all of black vote is not true' The Hill's 12:30 Report: House managers to begin opening arguments on day two 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 SchumerTrump legal team offers brisk opening defense of president Impeachment has been a dud for Democrats Trump insults Democrats, calls on followers to watch Fox News ahead of impeachment trial MORE (D-N.Y.) said earlier this year that Democrats would actively try to disband the commission.