President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday he is dissolving the voter fraud commission he convened after claiming that millions of people voted in the 2016 election illegally.
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Many worried that — given its leadership — the commission was not about investigating fraud, but instituting voter suppression. After Vice President Mike Pence, the bipartisan commission was headed by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach as vice chair, who has been fined by a federal judge for misleading the court regarding voter ID cases. He had previously made several false claims of voter fraud.
After Trump created the commission by executive order in May, it began to request unprecedented amounts of information about voters from states — a request that was largely refused by state officials across the country. Trump stated the lack of cooperation from states as a reason for disbanding the commission.
“Despite substantial evidence of voter fraud, many states have refused to provide the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity with basic information relevant to its inquiry,” Trump said in a statement. “Rather than engage in endless legal battles at taxpayer expense, today I signed an executive order to dissolve the Commission, and have asked the Department of Homeland Security to review these issues and determine next courses of action.”
The commission had also come under legal scrutiny for its use of personal emails when carrying out official business.