January 25, 2017
Press Release


WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s call for an investigation into voter fraud during the 2016 Presidential election.

“President Trump*** once again appears to be living in an alternative universe. He continues to believe that millions of people voted illegally in last November’s election despite the fact that there is zero evidence to support this wild claim. He has now called for a major investigation into voter fraud during the 2016 Presidential election. I say: BRING IT ON. I look forward to reviewing the outcome of this investigation. I will bet a nice bottle of California wine that the Administration will be unable to find a credible witness to testify under oath to the allegation that 3-5 million people illegally cast votes in 2016.”

“While millions of Americans remain focused on critical issues such as job security and health care, President Trump maintains his unhealthy obsession with the fact that he lost the popular vote by making baseless accusations of voter fraud and excuses about the small crowd size at his Inauguration. Rational Republicans, such as Speaker Ryan and Senator Lindsey Graham, have said there is no evidence to support President Trump’s alternate reality-based claims. We cannot let stupid actions and false statements that Trump makes to protect his fragile ego result in policies and false narratives that undermine our democracy or restrict voting rights.”

***In addition to losing the popular vote, Trump - as of January 20, 2017 - is in violation of the Emoluments Clause set forth in Article I, Section 9 of the U.S. Constitution due to massive conflicts of interests and his refusal to put his global business holdings in blind trusts. Trump also benefitted from Vladimir Putin ordering a multifaceted and brazen Russian influence and cyber hacking campaign with the goals of undermining faith in the U.S. democratic process, denigrating Secretary Clinton’s electability, and helping Trump’s election chances. Trump and his press secretary also routinely make stuff up.