White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the president's commission to investigate voter fraud and voter suppression could begin hearings in July.
Spicer, speaking in an off-camera briefing on Friday afternoon, said the White House has taken two major steps to investigate and prevent potential meddling to voter rolls: an executive order on cybersecurity and the creation of the Commission for Election Integrity, which is chaired by Vice President Mike Pence.
“[The commission is] looking at how all of how we’re voting and making sure that we maintain integrity in all of our voting process to make sure that we have faith in it,” Spicer said. “That includes cyber. It includes voter ID. It includes all sort of systems.”
The group will soon be sending letters to different states and municipalities requesting voter data be transferred so a review of their systems can begin. Spicer added that he expects the commission to have several announcements in the next two weeks.
The White House's update comes following a relatively quiet start for the commission. Though President Donald Trump has repeatedly expressed his desire for an investigation to examine the supposed “millions” of illegal voters across systems around the country, the administration had not explicitly acknowledged that Russian hacking could be addressed by the commission until earlier this week.
Two members of the bipartisan committee said they would like to look into Russian meddling on election systems earlier this week. And Kris Kobach, the vice chair of the commission, told Independent Journal Review that the commission is open to addressing the topic.
The group is expected to announce additional members of the commission in the next two weeks. Following their formal announcements, Kobach said, the commission's meetings will begin.