WH plans to erase data from Trump voter fraud panel
Published – January 9, 2018 By Brett Samuels The Hill
The White House plans to erase data collected for President Trump’s now-disbanded voter fraud commission instead of turning it over to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Politico reported Tuesday.
In a court filing, White House Director of Information Technology Charles Herndon said the commission would destroy voter data associated with its efforts, despite the White House signaling last week DHS would handle the probe moving forward.
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, without evidence, that millions of people voting illegally in the 2016 presidential election cost him the popular vote.
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.
Critics of the commission labeled it a partisan effort to support Trump’s unfounded claims and suppress minority voters.
Several Democratic lawmakers praised Trump’s decision to end the commission.