June 18, 2019
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Maine secretary of state steps up legal fight with Trump voter fraud panel

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap.

Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap is increasing the pressure on President Donald Trump’s election fraud commission to release documents he says have been withheld from him.

Dunlap, who is a member of the president’s commission, announced Thursday that he has asked a federal court for an injunction in his request that is designed to force the commission to share records and meeting materials.

If granted, the injunction would shorten the timeframe for the commission to respond to his complaint from two months to one week.

Dunlap has asserted that the commission has been withholding documents and meeting materials from him and the other Democrats appointed to the commission.

“I had hoped filing the complaint would convey to the commission that I’m serious about fully participating in the work awaiting us,” Dunlap said in a statement. “Unfortunately, that intention has not been met, and instead I see media reports filled with attacks and recriminations directed at me for asking for our working papers and work schedule. I’m left with the regrettable choice to push the matter further in the courts.”

Dunlap sued the commission on Nov. 9. Since then Republican members of the commission, including vice chairman Kris Kobach, the secretary of state of Kansas, have blasted Dunlap in the media.

Dunlap, who was critical of the commission during its last public meeting in New Hampshire, says he’s no longer aware of the commission’s meeting schedule. He said a Minnesota advocacy group recently indicated that commission was set to meet in December, but he has received no word of that meeting.

This report appears through a media partnership with Maine Public.

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