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Published On: Thu, Jan 4th, 2018

Trump shuts down Commission on voter fraud, ‘no evidence’ found, calls for Voter ID

President Donald Trump has signed an order Wednesday to collapse the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, a White House commission he had charged with investigating voter fraud, ending a brief quest for evidence of election theft that generated lawsuits, outrage and some scholarly testimony.

Vote sign photo/ Leslie Andrachuk via pixabay

In a statement, the White House said, “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. 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.”

Only Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Ohio and Washington State had complied with all of the commission’s requests.

California, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, New Mexico and South Carolina had all signaled their unwillingness to cooperate.

EPIC, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, has declared victory in the commission’s demise, being the first to sue the Trump administration over the issue, noting that it has a pending Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the US Department of Homeland Security “for records concerning the federal government’s collection of personal data on voters.”

On Thursday, Trump called for requiring voter identification in a pair of Twitter posts because the voting system “is rigged.” “Push hard for Voter Identification!” Trump wrote.

Trump did not acknowledge the commission’s inability to find evidence of fraud, but cast the closing as a result of continuing legal challenges.

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“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 White House statement on Wednesday.

“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,” he said.

In fact, even recounts in the wake of the 2016 election to “prove” Trump stole the election from Hillary Clinton found voter fraud issues in Democrat controlled cities (Detroit) and miscounts that benefited the President.

“The commission’s entire purpose was to legitimize voter suppression,” said Vanita Gupta, the president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and former head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.

“The abrupt abandonment of the commission makes clear that it had become a thoroughly discredited body that could not find evidence of mass voter fraud,” Gupta said. “The commission itself was unable to justify its existence as a result.”

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- Writer and Co-Founder of The Global Dispatch, Brandon has been covering news, offering commentary for years, beginning professional in 2008 on sites like Examiner and blogs: Desk of Brian, Crazed Fanboy. Appearing on several radio shows, Brandon has hosted Dispatch Radio, written his first novel (The Rise of the Templar) will be a licensed Assembly of God Pastor by the Spring of 2017. "Why do we do this?" I was asked and the answer is simple. "I just want the truth. I want a source of information that tells me what's going and clearly attempts to separate opinion from fact. Set aside left and right, old and young, just point to the world and say, 'Look!'" To Contact Brandon email [email protected] ATTN: BRANDON

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