Trump to launch panel to investigate voter fraud

She said the report would be complete by 2018. "Any commission which Kobach leads has no integrity".

The panel will be headed by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. "It is incumbent upon us to remove the real impediments to voting rights, and stop efforts to restrict them, however disguised they may me".

Remember, this was around the time Trump praised the now fired Comey for launching an investigation into Clinton's emails. Will the commission lead to additional voter suppression as critics say? He lost the popular vote, however, by almost 3 million votes, tainting his win with the stain of illegitimacy and suggesting that, even in victory, he isn't the "winner" he imagines. "The GOP spent [years] gutting voting rights & suppressing black & Latino votes. This sham voter fraud commission will hamper that mission".

The bipartisan commission being established on Thursday would not be limited to investigating Trump's election fraud claims but would look at issues that had been raised over many years.

ABC News reports Kobach will serve as vice chairman of a group studying allegations of voter fraud and suppression and its impact on our electoral system.

"He's been an embarrassment to our state", said Witt, of Equality Kansas.

Will Kobach and Trump prove widespread voter fraud?

Kobach said it's too early to judge the commission. "For the first time having a national body gather data from all 50 states".

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Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said it was a "clear front for constricting the access to vote to poor Americans, older Americans, and - above all - African-Americans and Latinos".

Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.

The commission is also charged with looking into other irregularities and problems in the voting process, including duplicate and outdated voter registrations.

"Skeptical doesn't even begin to describe our view of this", Ho said.

MCEVERS: To talk about this now we are with NPR's Pam Fessler, who covers this issue. "Give them the benefit of the doubt", he said on whether he thinks the commission will produce evidence of voter fraud. Pence's office did not immediately respond to questions on Thursday.

Kobach championed Kansas' tough proof of citizenship requirement as a way to keep noncitizens from voting. And he's a strong advocate of strict voter I.D. laws. That provision of the law was eventually ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. After winning the election, he told members of Congress that between 3 million and 5 million unauthorized immigrants voted illegally for Hillary Clinton, costing him the popular vote.

In an interview with CNN that aired on January 27, 2017, Phillips claimed that: "More than three million non-citizens voted in this country in this election".

"This is a transparent attempt to justify President Trump's false claim that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election". Kobach's involvement shows that this is a deadly serious enterprise, one whose goal is to take Republican vote suppression efforts nationwide. New Hampshire officials have said there was no evidence of major voter fraud. I have people say it was more than that. That could well be the greatest peril that Trump poses to the nation - hijacking democracy by stealing the fundamental right to vote from people who have few other options for making their voices heard.

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