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Apr 16, 2018

This Week: White House Keeps ‘Voter Fraud’ Myth Alive; Commerce Dept. Keeps Quiet On Citizenship Question

President Trump’s commission to validate claims of voter fraud may be dead, but Trump and his White House are standing by his baseless assertions. The White House last week backed Trump’s revival of his false claim that millions voted illegally in 2016. “The president still feels there was a large amount of voter fraud,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Monday. Trump’s administration is, meanwhile, moving forward with efforts to put a question about citizenship on the Census; the question could lead to a major undercount that would shift political power toward rural white areas. Top Census officials met with lawmakers last Tuesday behind closed doors to discuss the 2020 Census. A public House Oversight Committee hearing on the 2020 Census has been scheduled for May 8, at which Census Bureau and Commerce Department officials will likely be interrogated by Democratic lawmakers who see the move as a cynical political power grab. Their Senate counterparts are asking for a public hearing…

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