Texas Rejects US House Oversight Committee Call For Documents Related To State's Failed Voter Purge Attempt

Chris Fox
May 15, 2019 - 6:14 am
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton

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AUSTIN (1080 KRLD) - Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office responded to U.S. House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah E. Cummings and Chairman Jamie Raskin of the House Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties refusing their demand for information related to ongoing voter fraud investigations.

The investigations stem from a report released in January by Acting Texas Secretary of State David Whitley. 

After a year-long study Whitley concluded that 95,000 non-citizens were on the State’s current voter rolls. Within days of the claim Texas citizens who found their names on the list came forward proving the conclusions were not accurate.

Some County Election Boards acted on the findings and alerted some they had 30 days to prove their citizenship before their names would be removed from the voter rolls.

Civil rights groups sued the State over the findings and the flawed method of compiling the list.

Federal Judge Fred Biery, of the United States District Court in San Antonio decided the evidence shown in a Court hearing showed no widespread voter fraud. He ruled that none of those on the list could be removed from the voter rolls without court authorization.

First Assistant Texas Attorney General Jeff Mateer sent a letter to Cummings and Raskin rejecting their document request stating that “Congress lacks authority to force a sovereign state to produce privileged and confidential documents, particularly those relating to active law enforcement efforts and litigation.” Mateer went on to write, “Granting Congress the power to exercise ‘oversight’ over the constitutional officers of a state engaged in the lawful exercise of that state’s core authority would undermine the fabric of our system of dual sovereignty.”