President Trump veered off into the topic of voter fraud while in a meeting with senators regarding Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, reported Politico:
The president claimed that he and Ayotte both would have been victorious in the Granite State if not for the “thousands” of people who were “brought in on buses” from neighboring Massachusetts to “illegally” vote in New Hampshire.
FEC Commissioner Ellen L. Weintraub called on the president to provide evidence so an investigation could be conducted:
— Ellen L Weintraub (@EllenLWeintraub) February 10, 2017
Then, during an interview with George Stephanopoulos, White House senior policy advisor Stephen Miller was asked to provide evidence that would back up Trump’s assertion. Miller said it was not the proper venue for doing so, but stressed the seriousness of the issue of voter fraud:
“…having worked before on a campaign in New Hampshire, can tell you that this issue, bussing voters into New Hampshire, is widely known by anyone who’s worked in New Hampshire politics, it’s very real, it’s very serious.
This morning, on this show, is not the venue for me to lay out all the evidence, but I can tell you this, voter fraud is a serious problem in this country. You have millions of people who are registered in two states, who are dead who are registered to vote, and you have 14 percent of non-citizens, according to academic research, at a minimum, are registered to vote, which is an astonishing statistic.”
Stephanopoulos continued to press Miller, who let loose with a heated retort to his questioning:
“George, it is a fact, and you will not deny it, that there are massive numbers of non-citizens in this country who are registered to vote. That is a scandal. We should stop the presses, and as a country we should be aghast about the fact that you have people who have no right to vote in this country registered to vote, canceling out the franchise of lawful citizens of this country.
That is the story we should be talking about and I am prepared to go on any show, anywhere, anytime and repeat it and say the President of the United States is correct 100 percent.”
In February 2016, Project Veritas Action (PVA) founder and president James O’Keefe released a video reportedly showing how easy it would be for non-residents of the state to commit voter fraud in New Hampshire. The video was “shared exclusively with The Daily Caller,” who explained how it illustrated the problem:
…[the video] shows poll workers advising undercover journalists working for O’Keefe’s Project Veritas Action (PVA) how to skirt the rules in order to vote as non-residents. The damning video also shows Bernie Sanders campaign staffers encouraging undercover journalists to claim false addresses in order to vote in the primary.
O’Keefe had released another video about New Hampshire voter fraud in 2012, zeroing in on the use of the names of dead voters. In response to that video, The Daily Caller reports that the New Hampshire legislature passed a law requiring either a signed affidavit or photo ID in order to vote.
Recently, two cases of foreign nationals voting in U.S. elections in Texas made headlines. The News-Gazette reported that Mexican national Miguel Valencia-Sandoval, 33, was recently arraigned on seven federal counts, four of which pertained to “voting by an illegal immigrant.”
CBS DFW reported that a Mexican woman named Rosa Ortega, a legal resident of the United States, was sentenced to eight years in prison for voter fraud and faces deportation once released.