President Trump is going to sign an executive order Thursday to start an investigation into voter fraud, according to ABC News.
Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach will be named the chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of the “Presidential Commission on Election Integrity,” According to the report. The commission will be announced later Thursday.
Officials from both parties will be incorporated into the commission, and they will check “vulnerabilities” in U.S. voting systems, and also any conceivable cases of “improper voting, fraudulent voter registrations, and fraudulent voting,” ABC announced.
The commission will be accused of checking on Trump’s allegations of mass voter fraud in the 2016 election as well as “systemic issues that have been raised over many years regarding the integrity of the elections.” Voter suppression will likewise be an issue taken up by the commission to attract Democrats to join the effort. The commission would be relied upon to present its outcomes in 2018.
Trump more than once made outlandish claims about voter fraud during the 2016 election, claiming millions of fraudulent votes are the reason Democratic chose one Hillary Clinton won the prevalent vote.
“You can never really find, you know, there are going to be — no matter what numbers we come up with there are going to be lots of people that did things that we’re not going to find out about,” Trump said in January after taking office. “But we will find out because we need a better system where that can’t happen.”
Trump has no public events scheduled Thursday. It’s not clear when and where he will sign the order, and whether the press will be permitted to cover it.