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Trump orders voter fraud commission after lodging charges over the 2016 election that he won

Trump orders voter fraud commission after lodging charges over the 2016 election that he won

President Trump ordered a voter fraud investigation Thursday, thrusting back into the spotlight an issue that few other Republican leaders want to tackle as he tries to divert attention from the controversy over his firing of FBI Director James B. Comey.

The order adds a new chapter to an issue that has confounded many political observers. Without any evidence, Trump, in tweets and public statements for months after his campaign ended, charged massive voter fraud to explain rival Hillary Clinton’s winning the popular vote, inexplicably casting doubt on an election that he won in the electoral college.

Trump had signaled in January he would sign an order setting up an inquiry...

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