WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to disband his voter fraud commission.
A statement from the White House explains despite substantial evidence of voter fraud, many states have refused to provide the commission with basic information relevant to the inquiry.
Rather than engage in taxpayer-funded legal battles, the statement says the president dissolved the commission and is asking the Department of Homeland Security to review its initial findings and determine the next step of action.
The president created the commission after suspecting voter fraud cost him the popular vote in 2016.
His critics, however, accused him of using the inquiry to suppress minority votes.
"The commission never had anything to do with election integrity. It was instead a front to suppress the vote, perpetrate dangerous and baseless claims, and was ridiculed from one end of the country to the other. This shows that ill-founded proposals that just appeal to a narrow group of people won't work, and we hope they'll learn this lesson elsewhere," said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., in a statement.