A federal judge has ruled that President Donald Trump’s election fraud commission must share correspondence and other documents with one of its Democratic members, Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap. Dunlap sued the panel in November after asserting that its conservative members had stopped providing him information about its work. The ruling is a big victory for Dunlap, who was criticized by fellow Democrats and voting rights advocates for agreeing to join a commission that some worry will be used to nationalize voter suppression efforts. Dunlap says he has no idea what his conservative colleagues on the president’s election fraud panel have been up to for the past several months. And he says he’s not sure what documents may come his way now that a U.S. District Court judge in Washington, D.C., has ordered the commission to provide full access to its working papers.
But Dunlap says he does know this: that his national profile has risen sharply as he has aggressively dogged the commission over the past several months.
“It’s bizarre, truly surreal. You know, I’m not leaping into the breach at the Battle of Gettysburg here. I mean, I’m literally asking for basic documents,” he says.
When Dunlap first announced that he was one of a handful of Democrats named to Trump’s election commission, he was quickly criticized for allowing the administration to use him as a bipartisan veneer to what many considered an overtly partisan endeavor.