Crippled by opposition, Trump’s voter fraud commission dissolves

Crippled by opposition, Trump’s voter fraud commission dissolves
President-elect Donald Trump and Kris Kobach, Kansas secretary of state, pose for a photo on Nov. 20, 2016, following their meeting at Trump International Golf Club in Bedminster Township, New Jersey. (2016 file photo/Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump’s voter fraud commission was dissolved Wednesday, with Trump citing a lack of state cooperation as the reason.

The commission was set up to investigate claims of large-scale voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election, which saw Trump win despite losing the popular vote.

Trump’s statement

The White House released a statement by Trump:

“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 the next courses of action.”

A sudden change?

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, considered a leader of the voter fraud commission, said just last week he expected the group to begin meeting again in early January.

The commission hadn’t met since September, and Kobach blamed legal issues.

At least eight lawsuits had been filed in federal court against the commission, including by the American Civil Liberties Union.

“Much of the past few months has been spent by commission staff answering discovery requests for information and drafting affidavits and things that like — going through the legwork of litigation, and that takes time,” Kobach said to the Topeka Capital-Journal. “We have a very small staff in Washington, D.C., and that staff has been bogged down in litigation.”