On Super Bowl Sunday this year, President Donald Trump told Fox News that Vice President Mike Pence would head a commission into voter fraud allegations — ones that he made, claiming that between three to five million people voted illegally in the 2016 election.
The commission was formed three months later, but it has yet to meet and there’s no date set to do so.But state-level commission members say if they were to get underway, Russia should be center stage.
More than one member of the White House‘s Election on Voter Integrity told CNN on Thursday that the group would not be doing its job if it did not examine possible interference by a Russian intelligence agency or a military intelligence agency in voting systems.
“If you know that there is an outside force that is trying to jimmy the door on the election process somehow, you would want to know about that,” said Matt Dunlap, Maine’s secretary of state and a member of the commission. “That includes the Russians, the Martians, I don’t care. It has to be part of the discussion.”
Dunlap said he has not heard from the White House about the commission since the May press release.
Dunlap said that he’s glad that the White House included him in the commission, but he thinks that the lack of movement so far may be intentional.
“If they have any dignity about this, they’ll stop meeting as a commission because I just don’t think we’re going to find very much,” he said. “It could be a realization that there’s not a lot there.”
EARLIER: My oped calling for Dunlap to not serve on the commission.