Now that President Trump has brought his unsubstantiated voter fraud claims back to life during a meeting with senators this week, a commissioner on the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) is calling his bluff.
During the meeting, Trump blamed “illegal” voters for his and former Senator Kelly Ayotte’s (R-NH) November loss in New Hampshire.
“The scheme the President of the United States alleges would constitute thousands of felony criminal offenses under New Hampshire law,” Commissioner Ellen Weintraub said in a statement Friday.
“The President has issued an extraordinarily serious and specific charge,” Weintraub continued. “Allegations of this magnitude cannot be ignored… I therefore call upon President Trump to immediately share his evidence with the public and with the appropriate law-enforcement authorities so that his allegations may be investigated promptly and thoroughly.”
According to The Hill, Trump allegedly claimed that Ayotte’s loss was due to “thousands” of people of people from Massachusetts voting illegally in New Hampshire. A source who was present for the meeting said that Trump’s pivot to claims of voter fraud were met with silence from those in the room.
Last Sunday, Trump told Fox News host Bill O’Reilly that Vice President Mike Pence would head an effort to investigate his voter fraud claims.
“Look, Bill,” Trump said. “We can be babies, but you take a look at the registration, you have illegals, you have dead people, you have this – it’s a really a bad situation, it’s really bad.”
Although he provided zero evidence, Trump made the voter fraud claims repeatedly during the 2016 election, resulting in widespread mockery. Why he’d go back to beating that dead horse is anyone’s guess.
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