“Civil rights leaders ask Sessions to scuttle Trump voter fraud probe”

Josh Gerstein from Politico:

Civil rights leaders who met with Attorney General Jeff Sessions Tuesday asked him to urge President Donald Trump not to proceed with his plans for a blue-ribbon panel to investigate Trump’s own claims that millions of people voted illegally for his opponent in last year’s presidential race….

A White House spokeswoman had no update Tuesday on plans for the task force or its membership.

A spokeswoman for Sessions declined to comment on the meeting, but Ifill said the attorney general was noncommittal.

“Voter fraud has been studied time and again. I repeated to the attorney general what has been found in those studies: that you have a greater chance of being struck by lightning than participating in in-person voter fraud and that any effort by this administration to advance an investigation in search of this mythological voter fraud that targets our communities will be met with our resistance,” Ifill said.

Rev. Al Sharpton, head of the National Action Network, acknowledged the blunt tone of the meeting.

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