New reports have surfaced that President Donald Trump's daughter and some members of his administration are registered to vote in multiple states.
The development about Tiffany Trump, first reported by Heat Street and later confirmed by Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold, comes the same day Trump ordered a "major investigation" into voter fraud, "including those registered to vote in two states," which he has claimed — without evidence — cost him the popular vote in the 2016 election.
I will be asking for a major investigation into VOTER FRAUD, including those registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal and....— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1485346201.0
According to the original report, Trump's youngest daughter is registered to vote in both Pennsylvania and New York.
"There is nothing illegal about that," Fred Voigt, deputy election commissioner for Philadelphia, told Heat Street. "The illegality only occurs if one votes in two places, not if you’re registered in both."
Voigt added that it is "very common for college students to be registered both where they live and where they go to school."
But the story doesn't stop with the family.
Florida's Sarasota Herald-Tribune found that Stephen Bannon, a senior adviser to the president, is registered to vote in both Sarasota County and New York City. And CNN reported Wednesday that Trump's pick to helm the Treasury Department, former Goldman Sachs partner Steven Mnuchin is registered to vote in both New York and California.
It does not, however, appear any of these people tried to vote twice. Tiffany cast her vote for president in New York City, and Bannon voted via absentee ballot in New York. As for Mnuchin, a Los Angeles county election official told CNN that registration records have not yet been updated to show November's voting activity.
Trump had been making claims of voter fraud for months on the campaign trail, though he started fixating on the issue after losing the popular vote to then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Coming to Trump's defense Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer defended his boss during a press briefing, citing a nonexistent Pew Research study on voter fraud, which he claimed concluded that "14 percent of people who have voted were not citizens."
However, David Becker, the author of a 2012 Pew study on voter fraud, said Spicer was likely referring to a debunked Old Dominion University study on the topic. His own study found no evidence of voter fraud.