The statement issued by the White House read, "Many states have refused to provide the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity with basic information relevant to its inquiry".
"From its inception, President Trump's election commission never demonstrated that the collected data would be used for lawful purposes, how voters' personal data would be secured, or how comparing insufficient data would produce any meaningful conclusions".
3 issued an executive order dissolving the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, which he formed to prop up claims he lost the popular vote due to fraud. The 11-person commission was even sued by one of its members; Democratic Maine secretary of State Matt Dunlap said he was being denied full access to the panel's records, and last month a federal judge agreed.
Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill, meanwhile, said she would share "publicly available information" with the panel, but withhold protected data.
Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, suggested that the true aim of Trump's efforts was to lay the groundwork for policies that could keep some eligible voters from the ballot box.
Good riddance to President Trump's risky and dishonest attempt to make it tougher for Democrats to vote under cover of combating infinitesimally rare ballot-box fraud. Trump's statement gave no indication what could happen to the sensitive voter files in the commission's possession, which the GAO said number in the tens of millions.
When Trump tweeted Thursday morning about the need to push hard for voter identification, Grimes responded by calling Trump "either delusional or intentionally lying about voter fraud". The Commission was headed by Vice President Mike Pence (chair of the commission) and Vice Chairman Kris Kobach, the highly partisan Secretary of State of Kansas known for initiating dubious prosecutions, and promoting highly restrictive voting laws.
"Homeland Security operates very much in the dark", he said.
A federal judge tossed aside some testimony Kobach had hoped to present in his long-running contention that voter fraud is commonplace.
The decision to disband the commission was made after resistance from many state officials, including Grimes.
The president continued with an argument in favor of voter identification laws.