A commissioner on the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) called on President Trump to give proof of voter fraud, after he reportedly made further claims in a meeting with senators.
Trump reportedly blamed voter fraud for why both he and former Sen. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.) lost in New Hampshire last November during a recent meeting with a bipartisan group of senators.
“The scheme the President of the United States alleges would constitute thousands of felony criminal offenses under New Hampshire law,” Commissioner Ellen Weintraub said in a statement Friday.
“The President has issued an extraordinarily serious and specific charge,” added Weintraub, who is a Democrat but was appointed by former President George W. Bush in 2002.
“Allegations of this magnitude cannot be ignored.”
“I therefore call upon President Trump to immediately share his evidence with the public and with the appropriate law-enforcement authorities so that his allegations may be investigated promptly and thoroughly.”
Trump purportedly digressed from a planned discussion about Neil Gorsuch, his Supreme Court nominee, during a closed-door meeting with senators from both parties Thursday.
Ayotte, who is currently serving as a “sherpa” liaison between the White House and senators dealing with Gorsuch’s nomination, was present for the huddle.
Trump allegedly claimed during Thursday’s meeting Ayotte’s reelection bid was spoiled by “thousands” of people from Massachusetts illegally casting ballots in New Hampshire.
The president, who has frequently claimed voter fraud occurred during the 2016 race, was reportedly met with silence after his remarks, according to one source who was present.
Trump said last Sunday he will have Vice President Mike Pence oversee a special commission to oversee voter fraud.
“We’re going to look at it very, very carefully,” he told Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly during an interview aired that afternoon.
“Look, Bill, we can be babies, but you take a look at the registration, you have illegals, you have dead people, you have this – it’s a really a bad situation, it’s really bad.”
Trump repeatedly warned of voter fraud during the 2016 race, but has since doubled-down on the idea after Electoral College win in November.
The president maintains voter fraud may explain why 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton defeated him in the popular vote by nearly 3 million ballots.