Secretary of State Matt Dunlap answers questions during a 2018 event. Credit: Gabor Degre

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s secretary of state will not be granted access to emails from President Donald Trump’s administration about a now-disbanded voter fraud commission, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap has engaged in a protracted legal squabble with Trump’s administration about the commission. He successfully sued to force the administration to turn over documents he said were illegally withheld from him when he was a member of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.

But the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., ruled against Dunlap in his attempt to obtain emails about who should serve on the commission, the Portland Press Herald reported. The court ruled Dunlap failed to show that the emails he wanted fell within the work of the commission. That meant they weren’t submit to the same disclosure requirements that resulted in the Trump administration disclosing other documents to Dunlap after a court ruling in 2017.

Trump launched the commission after making claims he lost the popular vote in 2016 because of voter fraud. He never provided evidence that was true.