President Donald Trump dissolved his much-touted voter fraud commission on Wednesday, attributing the step to various states’ refusal to participate in the board, which was criticized as a misguided step to solve a practically non-existent problem.
After months went by and the commission faced pushback from officials across the country, civil rights advocates and even a member of the commission itself — as well as an unclear mandate, according to the White House official — Trump pulled the plug Wednesday.
In a statement, the White House said dissolving the commission would avoid “endless legal battles at taxpayer expense,” adding that Trump has asked the Department of Homeland Security to determine future action.
Another White House official familiar with the matter said the commission was unable to operate as structured under the Federal Advisory Committee Act. That law mandates a degree of transparency around commission activities and was the subject of litigation against it.
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