Voter fraud claims by Republicans give them another way to deny voting rights, according to Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings in a Wednesday appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
While President Donald Trump said Wednesday he would launch an investigation into voter fraud, "I would tell the president I've already beat him to the punch," Cummings said. "Our Oversight Committee today is sending out 50 letters to 50 attorneys general all over the country who have basically said there is no real voter fraud. The thing that I worry about with this argument about voter fraud is it gives the Republicans and others another tool and another reason to justify to the public of denying people the right to vote."
The congressman and ranking Democrat on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform called on Trump to look into those who have not gotten chances to vote.
"We've got people standing in lines five hours after the voting booth closes," Cummings said. "That is not American. The president can join me and my staff, and we can show him that there is no voter fraud.
"I would give him some more advice, and that is, when he talks to Paul Ryan, to ask Ryan to bring up the Voting Rights Act, so that we can strengthen it after it has been basically gutted by the Supreme Court."
Cummings issued a statement about the letters: "President Trump wants a major investigation of voter fraud – well, now he has one."
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