Maine Sec, of State Matthew Dunlap, one of the 11 members of the commission formed by President Trump to investigate supposed voter fraud, issued a scathing rebuke of the disbanded panel on Friday, accusing Vice Chair Kris Kobach & the WH of making false statements & saying that he had concluded that the panel had been set up to try to validate the president’s baseless claims about fraudulent votes in the 2016 election.
Dunlap, one of four Dems on the panel, made the statements in a report he sent to the commission’s two leaders — VP Pence & Kobach, who is KS’s sec. of state — after reviewing more than 8,000 documents from the group’s work, which he acquired only after a legal fight despite his participation on the panel.
Before it was disbanded by Trump…, the panel had never presented any findings or evidence of widespread voter fraud. But the WH claimed at the time that it had shut down the commission despite “substantial evidence of voter fraud” due to the mounting legal challenges it faced from states. Kobach, too, spoke… about how “some people on the left were getting uncomfortable about how much we were finding out.”
Dunlap said that the commission’s documents that were turned over to him underscore the hollowness of those claims: “they do not contain evidence of widespread voter fraud,” he said in his report, adding that some of the documentation seemed to indicate that the commission was predicting it would find evidence of fraud, evincing “a troubling bias.”…
“After reading this,” Dunlap said of the more than 8,000 pages of documents in an interview with The WaPo, “I see that it wasn’t just a matter of investigating Trump’s claims that 3-5 million people voted illegally, but the goal of the commission seems to have been to validate those claims.”
After a career of more than 20 years that has included stints as a state rep. & the chairmanship of a committee on fisheries & wildlife, Dunlap said that his time on the panel was “the most bizarre thing I’ve ever been a part of.”
“We had more transparency on a deer task force than I had on a presidential commission,” he said. “We had probably a dozen meetings. They were all public. We published everything we did in the newspaper & published results, including info we got from the public.”