Trump to investigate probe into presidential election fraud[/rtl]
[rtl]Release date: 2018/1/4 9:18 • 69 times read[/rtl]
The White House said President Donald Trump had issued an executive order to dissolve a presidential commission charged with examining allegations of fraud in the 2016 election after many US states refused to provide them with data.
"Instead of engaging in endless legal battles at the expense of the taxpayer, today I signed an executive order to dissolve the commission and asked the DHS to review these issues and determine the following procedures," Trump said in a statement on Wednesday.
The commission, led by Vice President Mike Bens, was formed in May last year to consider allegations of election fraud but faced resistance from many states.
A federal judge in Washington said in November that the commission was an advisory body with no legal authority to compel states to hand over their data.
Trump, a Republican, said fraud was probably the reason why he won a number of popular votes in the elections, about three million fewer than his Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton.
Most state officials overseeing elections and election law experts say electoral fraud is rare in the United States