WASHINGTON — Three House Democrats have taken the first congressional action to address President Donald Trump's voter fraud claims by seeking information about specific instances where voter fraud may have occurred.
Reps. Elijah Cummings, Robert Brady and James Clyburn announced Wednesday they are sending letters to 102 chief election officials in all 50 states requesting information about any instances in which illegal votes were cast during the election.
Their letters ask for information (if available) including details such as name, date, polling location, reason a voter's ballot was illegal and result of prosecution. But the Democrats do not appear hopeful they will receive much feedback from the election officials.
“President Trump’s outrageous claim that millions of people have voted illegally is unconscionably dangerous to the future of our democracy. He has no proof for his assertions but eligible voters all across the country will suffer as a result. His comments denigrate the memory of those fought and died to secure the franchise for future generations,” Brady said in a statement.
Their query is timely: Early Wednesday morning, Trump tweeted that he would be calling for an investigation into voter fraud, something his press secretary, Sean Spicer, failed to commit to when he was pressed on the point by reporters on Tuesday. But to date there is no evidence to support his claims of widespread voter fraud.
Cummings, the ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, had stated Tuesday he believed an investigation was necessary before Trump stated he would call for an investigation, and he was not the only Democrat who said he could get behind the initiative, if anything to prove Trump wrong.
When asked by reporters about Trump's voter fraud claims at her weekly press conference, Leader Nancy Pelosi called Trump "insecure" and later said she had even prayed for him.
"I frankly feel very sad about the president making these claims. I felt sorry for him. I even prayed for him, but then I prayed for the United States of America," Pelosi said.
Lissandra Villa is a politics reporter with BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC.
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