A full week has passed since President Donald Trump said he would sign an executive order opening a Justice Department investigation into his unsubstantiated claim that millions of people voted illegally in November.
The Oval Office signing was abruptly canceled last Thursday and never rescheduled. The White House hasn’t talked about it since. The President has moved on to other subjects.A senior administration official told CNN that the voter fraud investigation is no longer a top priority for the President, insisting it’s not off the table, but not expected anytime soon…..
rump was set to sign the action last Thursday afternoon. Reporters and photographers were summoned to the West Wing to document the signing, but waited for about 30 minutes amid confusion from aides.At the time, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the President “got jammed up on some meetings that needed to occur.”Spicer said the order would be signed in the next day or two.One aide said the President is waiting until Sen. Jeff Sessions is confirmed as attorney general before launching an investigation. But others inside the West Wing hope the President doesn’t pursue it, CNN has learned.“I think there will be something signed,” one senior administration said, “but I don’t think it will be now.”
Last week at Slate I wrote about what a fair voter fraud/voter suppression investigation might look like, and suggested a shadow investigation if the President ordered a sham one.