This Friday, Maine’s Secretary of State published a large trove of documents that he claims disproves President Trump’s past claims of mass voter fraud in the 2016 election. The man who published the documents, Matthew Dunlap, was also a member of the commission tasked by Trump to investigate the claims.
“I have reviewed the documents made available to me and they do not contain evidence of widespread voter fraud,” Dunlap wrote in a letter critical of Trump’s claims.
According to BuzzFeed News, Dunlap sued the government to obtain the documents he published, which he says the government was hiding.
Dunlap says he published the documents online so “Americans can conclude for themselves that evidence to support the statements of Vice Chair Kobach and the White House regarding the preliminary findings do not exist.”
Dunlap is referring to the now-shuttered Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity co-chairs Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach — both of whom pushed for new voting regulations that critics say would negatively affect people of color who tend to vote Democrat.
According to Dunlap, claims of voter fraud emanating from the White House were devoid of evidence and Trump’s commission revealed a “troubling bias.”
Trump claimed that 3 to 5 million “fake” votes cast for Hillary Clinton were the the reason he lost the 2016 popular vote. Experts widely agreed that Trumps claims were false, but that didn’t stop him from launching an investigation.
One of a handful of Democrats on the commission, Dunlap complained he was being shut out of deliberations and denied access to documents. He sued the commission in November 2017 to obtain records, but Trump unexpectedly shut down the commission in January — in an apparent effort to block the disclosure.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at the time that there was “substantial evidence of voter fraud,” but the commission would be shuttered because many states have refused to provide information and to avoid “endless legal battles at taxpayer expense.”
Now that Dunlap has the documents, he’s speaking out.
“I can report that the statements by Vice Chair Koback and the White House were, in fact, false,” he declared in the letter.
Although Dunlap acknowledged that voter fraud does occur from time to time, “the instances of which I am aware do not provide any basis to extrapolate widespread or systemic problems.”
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