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 BennetOvernight Health Care: Senators target surprise medical bills | Group looks to allow Medicaid funds for substance abuse programs | FDA launches anti-vaping campaign for teens Bipartisan senators unveil proposal to crack down on surprise medical bills Multiple NFL players continue on-field protests during national anthem MORE (Colo.), Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharSenate Democrats increase pressure for FBI investigation of Kavanaugh Election Countdown: Trump confident about midterms in Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh controversy tests candidates | Sanders, Warren ponder if both can run | Super PACs spending big | Two states open general election voting Friday | Latest Senate polls GOP in striking distance to retake Franken seat MORE (Minn.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerCNN editor: Booker's 'groping incident' 'different' from Kavanaugh allegation Poll: Most Massachusetts voters don't think Warren should run for president in 2020 Trump, GOP regain edge in Kavanaugh battle 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, GOP regain edge in Kavanaugh battle READ: President Trump’s exclusive interview with Hill.TV The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump slams Sessions in exclusive Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh accuser wants FBI investigation MORE (D-N.Y.) said earlier this year that Democrats would actively try to disband the commission.