Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday no federal money should be spent investigating voter fraud — which President Donald Trump has falsely claimed cost him millions of votes.
McConnell told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” he wants to leave the task of wiping voters who have died or moved away off their rolls to state governments.
“This sort of thing is handled at the state level, and the Democrats always claim there’s no election fraud at all. That is, of course, not true — election fraud does occur. There’s no evidence that it occurred in such a significant number that would have changed the presidential election, and I don’t think we ought to spend any federal money investigating that,” the Kentucky Republican said.
Trump has asserted, without providing any evidence, that 3 to 5 million people voted illegally for Hillary Clinton in 2016 — similar to the margin of Clinton’s popular vote victory over Trump.
He said he would launch a federal investigation into voter fraud. But the White House canceled an event where Trump was scheduled to take executive action ordering such an investigation more than a week ago and has not rescheduled.
“I think the states can take a look at this issue,” McConnell said Sunday. “Many of them have tried to tighten their voter rolls — tried to purge people who are dead and otherwise not eligible to vote — and I think we ought to leave that at the state level.”