State voter registration data collected by President Trump’s abandoned election fraud commission will be destroyed and not shared with the Department of Homeland Security or any other agency, a White House aide told a federal judge. White House Director of Information Technology Charles Herndon also said in a legal filing in Washington late Tuesday that none of the controversial panel’s other “records or data will be transferred to the DHS or another agency” from this point on, except for disclosure or archiving that a court or federal law might require. Herndon’s declaration left unclear what other information the panel may have assembled since its formation in May, if any analysis was done and whether information had already been shared with others outside the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, according to lawyers who participated in a telephone conference call with the court Wednesday.
The call included lawyers for the government and for a panel member who had sued the commission alleging it kept him in the dark on its operations. The commission faces lawsuits by 10 other voting rights and public accountability groups challenging its data collection, privacy impacts and lack of transparency.
“The Commission did not create any preliminary findings,” Herndon wrote for the government. “Pending resolution of outstanding litigation involving the Commission, and pending consultation with [the National Archives and Records Administration], the White House intends to destroy all state voter data,” he said.