Donald Trump’s much-ballyhooed “voter fraud” commission has proven to be a fraud in and of itself and one of its members, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, is now suing the very commission he sits on to find out what they’ve been doing in secret, cutting him out and ignoring federal transparency laws.
On Nov. 9, I filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in Washington, seeking to obtain the working documents, correspondence and schedule of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. What’s remarkable about my lawsuit is that I’m a member of the commission, and apparently this is the only way I can find out what we’re doing.
The commission was formed in May to answer monster-under-the-bed questions about “voter fraud,” but the implicit rationale for its creation appears to be to substantiate President Trump’s unfounded claims that up to 5 million people voted illegally in 2016. Chaired by Vice President Pence, the commission has the chance to answer questions about potential fraud and to highlight best practices to enhance voter confidence in our election systems. Yet it isn’t doing that. Instead, the commission is cloaking itself in secrecy, completely contrary to federal law. Recommendations for changes in public policy — whether you agree with them or not — ought to come through an open, public discussion where any American can weigh in.
The commission is led by Mike Pence, though it isn’t clear that he actually does anything. The only one who seems to be active at all is Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, is a purveyor of dishonest and ridiculous conspiracy theories who has been fined by a federal court for refusing to turn over documents during discovery. He’s brought that same lack of transparency to the voter fraud commission, in clear violation of federal law.
This is all one big fraud, designed only to find evidence to back up Trump’s ludicrous assertion that millions of illegal votes were cast — all for Hillary Clinton, of course. They might as well be searching for the Loch Ness Monster or Bigfoot.