White House to erase data from dissolved voter fraud panel

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All data collected for President Trump’s now-disbanded voter fraud commission will be erased, according to a report in Politico Tuesday.

Last Wednesday, the White House released a statement announcing that because so many states refused to cooperate with his bipartisan voter fraud commission, President Trump decided to disband the group. At the time, he suggested that the data would be turned over to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

In a court filing, White House Director of Information Technology Charles Herndon said the commission would destroy the voter data it had so far collected.

Herndon added that the panel did not create any “preliminary findings,” despite White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders previously suggesting such findings would be sent to DHS, Politico reported.

Trump formed the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity last year after claiming that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election.

The commission had asked states to turn over their voter rolls as part of the commission’s efforts, but many states refused.

The panel met twice, but was bogged down by lawsuits and states’ unwillingness to comply with its requests.

Trump dissolved the commission last week saying, “Despite substantial evidence of voter fraud, many states have refused to provide the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity with basic information relevant to its inquiry. Rather than engage in endless legal battles at taxpayer expense, today I signed an executive order to dissolve the Commission, and have asked the Department of Homeland Security to review these issues and determine next courses of action.”

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