One of Donald Trump’s main talking points leading up to, and immediately following the election of 2016 dealt with widespread voter fraud. Whether he actually believed this is debatable; in my view, Trump will say anything to (a) garner attention, and (b) energize his base.

Nevertheless, he acted on these concerns after his election in his creation of a supposedly non-partisan voter fraud commission.   It turns out that the commission was far from non-partisan, and also not free of its own brand of fraud.

Newsweek is reporting that the Department of Justice stacked the commission with Republicans who were sympathetic to Trump’s widely-ridiculed accusation that millions of people illegally voted in 2016.

The basis of the report is an email from Hans von Spakovsky, a member of the voter fraud commission, in which it was revealed that he “was in communication with Attorney General Sessions about packing the Commission with far-right conservatives, to the exclusion of Democrats and ‘mainstream Republican officials and/or academics.”

This is not normal.

It is highly irregular.

It is probably illegal.

This is how Donald Trump is draining the swamp.


TGIF for September 28th, 2017.

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