Attorneys for President Donald Trump’s commission on election fraud maintain that Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap has no legal right to commission-related documents he is seeking through a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Commission attorneys responded on Friday to a lawsuit filed by Dunlap, aimed at finding out what’s been going on with the commission in the months since its September meeting at St. Anselm College. New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner, also a member of the commission, says he hasn’t heard a word from Chairman Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State, or any commission staff since the meeting, even though state officials have reached out in an attempt to submit the requested voter data.
In their response to Dunlap’s Nov. 9 lawsuit, lawyers for the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity argue that the Maine Secretary of State is “seeking judicial micromanagement of the commission’s operations through a vague injunction that would frustrate rather than further the public interest.”
Gardner says he has no reason to believe some commission members are meeting privately and not sharing information with other members, but Dunlap disagrees.
He asked a federal court for an injunction to force the commission to stop withholding key information, and to release what’s been withheld so far.