House Will Not Investigate Voter Fraud Claim


FILE - In this May 17, 2016 file photo, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Congressional investigators say the government spends about three-fourths of its technology budget maintaining aging computer systems. That includes platforms more than 50 years old in such vital areas as nuclear weapons and Social Security. One still uses floppy disks. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
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The House Oversight Committee will not investigate President Donald Trump’s unproven claims of wide-spread voter fraud during the 2016 election, Chairman Jason Chaffetz said Tuesday.

Speaking on CNN, the Utah representative said he does not see any evidence to back up Trump’s tweets. “We can’t just investigate everything that’s ever thrown out there by the Democrats, by the Republicans. We have to pick and choose,” he said.

Trump has repeatedly, and without evidence, pushed claims that millions of ballots were cast illegally in the 2016 election and called for a probe into the issue. Days after his inauguration, Trump tweeted: “I will be asking for a major investigation into VOTER FRAUD, including those registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal and even, those registered to vote who are dead.”


Although the committee will not look into Trump’s voter fraud allegations, Chaffetz said congressional leaders will investigate the president’s Saturday morning claim that former President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the campaign, adding that “the president is directly asking and calling for” a probe.



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