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Trump kills his controversial voter fraud commission

WASHINGTON – President Trump on Wednesday disbanded his controversial "election integrity" commission, saying many states had refused to turn over information and restating the discredited claim that fraud was widespread.

"Despite substantial evidence of voter fraud, many states have refused to provide the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity with basic information relevant to its inquiry," Trump said in a statement that repeated his frequent baseless assertion.

"Rather than engage in endless legal battles at taxpayer expense, today I signed an executive order to dissolve the Commission, and have asked the Department of Homeland Security to review these issues and determine next courses of action."

(UPDATED: This statement was later attributed to Press Secretary Sarah  Sanders, the "I" above changed to "President Donald J. Trump.")

Florida provided voter-roll data to the commission in July, though officials insisted it was only public information.

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