Feds Pressed to Unredact Names in Voting Panel Emails

Submitted by YanqiXu on Fri, 02/16/2018 - 11:14am

WASHINGTON (CN) – A nonpartisan campaign reform group wants a federal judge to compel the Justice Department to un-redact names from a chain of emails secured through a Freedom of Information Act request that it says shed light on the inner workings of President Trump’s now defunct voter fraud commission.

President Trump created the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity to investigate his belief that millions of illegal aliens and others not eligible to vote cast ballots in the 2016 presidential election — an allegation he says explains his losing to Democrat Hillary Clinton in the popular vote by about 3 million votes.

The president disbanded the commission in January, claiming that “despite substantial evidence of voter fraud, many states have refused to provide the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity with basic information relevant to its inquiry.”

Shortly after the commission was formed, the Campaign Legal Center filed a Freedom of Information Act request for information about the commission and its formation. Months later, the center received a heavily redacted email thread including a statement by one participant expressing shock that Democrats had been invited to participate. Read more...