Group opposing Trump’s voter fraud commission loses in court

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A request by a civil rights group seeking to block President Trump’s voter fraud commission from conducting its first public meeting has failed Tuesday after a federal district court judge denied its request.

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law had asked for a temporary restraining order against the Presidential Advisory Commission on Integrity, claiming the commission violated rules by failing to post a public notice or provide details of a conference call held on June 28.

During the conference call, approval was granted to request the voter data from all state election officials.

The commission voluntarily released a number of documents and emails last week, after the civil rights group had demanded in a court order that the commission releases its records and open its meetings to the public.

However, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia refused the request on Tuesday to place a temporary restraining order against the commission, allowing the meeting scheduled for Wednesday at 11 a.m. to proceed.

Kristin Clark, president of the Lawyers’ Committee, released a statement in response:

“While we are disappointed with the Court’s ruling denying our request for emergency relief, we are encouraged that the Court recognized that more documents are likely to be disclosed as our case continues. With the voting rights of millions of Americans at stake, we will continue the fight to ensure full transparency with respect to this so-called Commission’s activities.”

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