Vice President Mike Pence told members of Congress that the Trump administration will launch a “full evaluation” of U.S. voting rolls and “the overall integrity of our voting system,” according to a leaked audio recording.
Pence allegedly made the remarks when asked what the administration plans to do about President Trump’s repeated, and unfounded, claim that between 3 to 5 million fraudulent ballots cheated him out of winning the popular vote, a recording obtained by The Guardian revealed on Thursday.
“We’ll be looking at ways to work with you and follow the facts and see where the facts go,” Pence told a number of Congressmen and women at a recent meeting.
White House press aides did not immediately return a request for comment from the Daily News.
White House doubles down on Trump’s debunked voter fraud claim
Trump has recently doubled down on his unsubstantiated post-election claim that he lost the popular vote because millions of “illegal” immigrants and other ineligible voters cast ballots for Hillary Clinton.
Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 3 million, but lost the crucial Electoral College to Trump by over 80 votes. Despite his election, Trump has continued to dispute the outcome, saying over Twitter on Wednesday that he will be asking for “a major investigation into VOTER FRAUD, including those registered to vote in two states.”
Ironically, it has been discovered in recent days that several Trump aides are registered to vote in multiple states, including top adviser Steve Bannon, son-in-law Jared Kushner and treasury secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin. Being registered to vote in multiple states is not illegal, but Trump said looking into the issue “will strengthen up voting procedures!”
Moreover, White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced at his Wednesday press briefing that Trump will sign an executive order in the coming days to launch a sweeping voter fraud investigation focusing on the “bigger states.”
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The administration has yet to present any evidence supporting Trump’s voter fraud allegations, which echo claims of a “rigged” election that he frequently toted during the campaign — also without any proof.
His claims have drawn rebuke from both Democrats and Republicans, who have warned the President that the allegations could undermine public confidence in the U.S. electoral process.
GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham urged Trump to cut it out, or reveal what he bases his claims on.
“If the President of the United States is claiming that 3.5 million people voted illegally, that shakes confidence in our democracy — he needs to disclose why he believes that,” Graham told reporters on Tuesday. “I would urge the president to knock this off; this is the greatest democracy on Earth, we’re the leader of the free world, and people are going to start doubting you as a person if you keep making accusation against our electoral system without justification.”
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Spicer, meanwhile, maintained that Trump is convinced he’s right.
“I think he stated his concerns of voter fraud and people voting illegally during the campaign and he continues to maintain that belief based on studies and evidence that people have presented him,” Spicer said, declining to share any such evidence.
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