A commission that President Donald Trump tasked with investigating his own unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud won’t meet again this year, according to court records, fueling more questions about the panel’s future and its viability. In an order Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said a Justice Department attorney told the court Friday that the President’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity “will not meet in December.” Federal rules require such committee meetings to be announced 15 days in advance, except for emergencies, so no meeting seems feasible this month, Asked about the lawyer’s reported statement Monday, the White House declined to comment on the record. However, an administration official acknowledged that a meeting of the commission before the end of the year was “unlikely.”
“It’s correct to say we have not noticed another meeting at this time, and it’s unlikely to happen before the end of the year,” said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
The official would neither confirm nor deny reports that the panel might close up shop without further meeting.
The commission’s charter calls for meetings “approximately every 30-60 days.” The panel’s last session took place in New Hampshire on Sept. 12.