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Trump Calls for Investigation of Mass Voter Fraud

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In what is turning out to be a week of controversy surrounding President Trump from his executive orders on the Affordable Care Act, mortgage insurance, the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, and a federal government hiring freeze among others, not to mention his feud with the media, accusations of censoring the Twitter posts of the National Park Service and even changing the EPA’s climate change info page, he’s added another layer to the pile.

Despite presenting no evidence to his claim, Trump has called for a “major investigation” into voter fraud in a Twitter post on Wednesday. The post comes after a meeting with congressional leadership on Monday where he claimed that 3-5 million illegal votes were the cause of him losing the popular vote against Hillary Clinton, according to CNN.

It is unclear exactly who would lead the investigation, or how it would take place. The U.S. Department of Justice, asked by the Washington Post did not comment on when the probe would launch.

The president has faced scrutiny and criticism over the claim that illegal votes cost him the popular vote at the same time his administration has claimed that the media skewed the attendance numbers at his inauguration last Friday. Different organizations providing analysis of the election show no evidence to his claims.

“We are not aware of any evidence that supports the voter fraud claims made by President Trump, but we are open to learning more about the Administration’s concerns,” according to a statement from the National Association of Secretaries of State, a group that represents election officials in 40 states. “In the lead up to the November 2016 election, secretaries of state expressed their confidence in the systemic integrity of our election process as a bipartisan group, and they stand behind that statement today.”

Trump defeated Clinton with 306 to 232 electoral votes to win the presidency, but lost to her in popular votes 65,844,954 to 62,979,879. This has occurred only four other times in U.S. history.