Mitch McConnell won't fund President Trump's voter fraud investigation

McConnell won't give federal funds to an investigation because "there’s no evidence" behind Trump's wild assertions

By Matthew Rozsa

Published February 6, 2017 4:56PM (EST)

 (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, has made it clear that he is not going to support President Donald Trump's proposed "major investigation" into voter fraud from the 2016 presidential election.

"Election fraud does occur," McConnell told CNN’s "State of the Union" on Sunday. McConnell insisted that "there’s no evidence that occurred in such a significant number that it would have changed the presidential election" — obliterating the president's repeated claim that he would have won the popular vote, which he lost by nearly 3 million, if it hadn't been for undocumented immigrants voting and other fraudulent practices.

McConnell added, "I don’t think we ought to spend any federal money investigating that. I think the states can take a look at this issue. Many of them have tried to tighten their voter rolls, tried to purge people who are dead."

Trump himself has somewhat backpedaled on his original position. When speaking with FoxNews' Bill O'Reilly shortly before the Super Bowl on Sunday night, Trump asked that O'Reilly "forget that" when the host brought up the fact that "data has to show that 3 million illegals voted" for fraud to have cost Trump the popular vote.

"Forget that. Forget all that," Trump told O'Reilly. "Just take a look at the registration, and we’re going to do it. And I’m going to set up a commission to be headed by Vice President Mike Pence, and we’re going to look at it very carefully."

Earlier in the interview, Trump had claimed that "when you look at the registration, and you see dead people that have voted, when you see people that are registered in two states — and that voted in two states — when you see other things, when you see illegals, people that are not citizens and they are on the registration rolls," that "it's really a bad situation. It's really bad."

Trump's claim that undocumented immigrants voted in large number is demonstrably false and has been discredited.


Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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