Stephen Miller, senior White House policy adviser, repeated the president’s claim that there were millions of illegal votes cast in the November election. The Trump administration had tapped Miller to represent the president on the Sunday morning shows this week. His appearance on ABC‘s “The Week” with news anchor George Stephanopoulos was particularly heated.
Stephanopoulos asked Miller about President Trump’s remarks in a meeting with senators on Thursday. Trump said that he and former Senator Kelly Ayotte would have won the election in New Hampshire if thousands of illegal voters had not been bused into New Hampshire from more liberal Massachusetts.
Miller replied that he knew the practice was well-known based on his past work on a campaign in New Hampshire:
“I have actually, having worked before on a campaign in New Hampshire, I can tell you that this issue of busing 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.”
Stephanopoulos continued to press for evidence, saying “Hold a second. I’m asking you as the White House senior policy adviser, the president made a statement saying he was the victim of voter fraud. Do you have any evidence?”
Stephanopoulos was referring to multiple claims that began after Trump first tweeted the assertion a few weeks after the election. The claims have been debunked by numerous sources. The Trump administration has been using research published in 2012 by the Pew Center on the States. That report shows, however, that while voter rolls have inaccurate information, there are not problems with voter fraud as a result. The report’s primary author tweeted:
We found millions of out of date registration records due to people moving or dying, but found no evidence that voter fraud resulted.
— David Becker (@beckerdavidj) November 28, 2016
Yet Miller repeated the allegations:
“The White House has provided enormous evidence with respect to voter fraud, with respect to people being registered in more than one state. Dead people voting, noncitizens being registered to vote. George, it is a fact and you will not deny it that are massive numbers of noncitizens in this country who are registered to vote.”
Federal Elections Commission member Ellen Weinstraub publicly responded to this week’s reports on voter fraud in New Hampshire with a request for further investigation:
“The President has issued an extraordinarily serious and specific charge. 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.”
Despite the frequent assertions of voter fraud, the president has not followed through with an investigation.
The interview can be seen below: