Dec 23, 2017

Judge orders Trump's voter fraud commission to turn over internal documents

President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP

A federal judge on Friday ordered President Trump's voter fraud commission to turn over internal documents and give one of its Democratic members more access to the panel's records, according to multiple reports.

Why it matters: Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, one of four Democrats on the 11-member board, had accused the panel of withholding crucial information from him and he's unable to be an active member.

Background: The commission, formally known as the President's Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, was created after Trump falsely claimed that millions of illegal votes cost him the popular vote in the 2016 election. Critics have accused the panel of being politically motivated, saying it's an attempt to substantiate the Trump claims.

The judge said her injunction might have come too late, per Politico. The commission held its last meeting in September and officials have said it will not meet again this year, according to Politico. It was expected to issue a report early next year, but several members reportedly say it's unclear if that would happen because the panel has been dormant for a couple of months

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