- REUTERS/Mark Makela
President Donald Trump’s plans to sign an executive order calling for an investigation into unfounded claims of voter fraud has been delayed, Reuters reported on Thursday.
Trump was expected to sign an order Thursday after he insisted in multiple interviews and social-media postings this week that he lost the popular vote in the presidential election only because “millions” of people voted illegally.
Lawmakers from both parties, Trump’s own lawyers, and analysis from nonpartisan agencies have found no evidence of widespread misconduct in the US electoral process.
“The Truth About Voter Fraud,” a report written by experts at the Brennan Center for Justice that was cited by CNN, found that the rate of voter fraud fell between 0.00004% and 0.0009%.
Trump announced the investigation this week, however, after reporters at a press conference asked Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, why there wasn’t an investigation if the president believed there to be fraud at such a large scale – though Trump beat Democrat Hillary Clinton in the Electoral College, 306 to 232, he lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million.
“The president got back a little late and he got jammed up … and so we’re going to roll all that into Friday and Saturday,” Spicer said Thursday, explaining the delay. Trump was in Philadelphia on Thursday to address a Republican Party congressional retreat.
Trump originally made the baseless assertions about fraud shortly after he won the election in November.
The president used a curious anecdote during a conversation with top lawmakers Monday to support the voter-fraud claim, according to a report from The New York Times.