A federal district court judge on Tuesday refused to block President Trump’s voter fraud commission from holding its first public meeting scheduled for Wednesday.
Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the U.S.
District Court for the District of Columbia denied without prejudice a
request from the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law for a
temporary restraining order against the Presidential Advisory Commission
on Election Integrity.
The civil rights group claimed the
commission Trump created to investigate his claims of voter fraud in
last year’s presidential election violated the Federal Advisory
Committee Act by failing to put out a public notice or disclose details
of conference meeting members held by phone on June 28.
During that call, the Lawyer’s Committee said the commission, led by
Vice President Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, approved
a plan to request an unprecedented amount of voter data from
state election officials.
The groups sought a court order to force the commission to release its records and open its meetings to the public.