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Trump's Attorney Negates Voter Fraud Claims

| by Oren Peleg

Despite having won the election, President Donald Trump has spent several of his first days in office claiming that widespread voter fraud affected the election. No evidence supports these claims and now, an attorney for Trump is further calling the allegations into question.

"I will be asking for a major investigation into voter fraud, including those registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal and even, those registered to vote who are dead (and many for a long time)," Trump tweeted on Jan. 25. "Depending on results, we will strengthen up voting procedures!"

In December, Green Party candidate Jill Stein sought a vote recount in the states of Michigan and Pennsylvania, according to The Washington Post. A lawyer representing Trump filed documents in both states negating Stein's claims.

"On what basis does Stein seek to disenfranchise Michigan citizens?" one of the documents reads, adding that the White House, under former President Barack Obama, verified its confidence in the state's elections. "None really, save for speculation. All available evidence suggests that the 2016 general election was not tainted by fraud or mistake."

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And, in Pennsylvania, the Trump camp has filed documents repeating the same sentiment.

"On what basis does Stein seek to disenfranchise the voters of the Keystone state?" it reads. "None really. There is no evidence -- or even any allegation -- that any tampering with Pennsylvania's voting systems actually occurred."

According to The Hill, Trump tweeted the day after winning the election: "In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally."

While, again, no evidence or separate allegations of voter fraud exist for the 2016 presidential election, Trump did lose the popular vote by the same "millions" he claims voted illegally. The final popular vote tally for the election has Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton winning by a margin of some 2.9 million votes, as can be seen on the Cook Political Report.

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Sources: The Hill, Donald Trump/Twitter (23), Cook Political Report, The Washington Post / Photo credit: Maryland GovPics/Flickr

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