ACLU files FOIA demanding evidence of Trump’s voter fraud claims – The Hill (blog)
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) this week filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request demanding any facts or evidence supporting President Trump’s claim that the 2016 presidential election was affected by voter fraud.Â
Trump on Thursday signed an executive order establishing an âelection integrityâ commission to investigate voter fraud.
The commission will be chaired by Vice President Mike PenceMike (Michael) Richard PenceACLU files FOIA demanding evidence of Trumpâs voter fraud claims Pence campaigns in Montana special election, rides horse Kobach defends Trump’s voter fraud commission as fact based MORE, and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach will serve as vice chair, the White House announced during Thursday’s press briefing.Â
It will âstudy the registration and voting processes used in Federal electionsâ as well as âfraudulent voter registrations and fraudulent voting,” the order says.
On Thursday the ACLU filed their FOIA request with the Office of the Vice President in response to the executive order.
Dale Ho, director of the ACLUâs Voting Rights Project, called the commission a âboondoggleâ and part of Trumpâs plan to âspread his own fake news about election integrity.âÂ
âThe president … has alleged that âmillions of votesâ were âillegallyâ cast âfor the other side.â No concrete evidence has been provided thus far to support the presidentâs serious indictment against American democracy. Yet the presidentâs allegations are the basis of an executive order … to establish a âCommission on Election Integrity,ââ the ACLUâs request read. âThis FOIA demands that the government release the factual basis and evidence supporting the presidentâs allegations.â