The White House plans on erasing the voter data collected by the election fraud commission President Trump recently disbanded, according to Politico.
Politico on Tuesday reported the Department of Justice (DOJ) stated the White House’s intentions in a court filing that evening.
The White House’s director of information technology on Tuesday said in a declaration submitted to a federal court in Washington, D.C. that officials plan on erasing the information.
Charles Herndon also noted that the data will not get sent to either the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
“The state voter data will not be transferred to, or assessed by, DHS or any other agency, except to the National Archives and Records Administration (‘NARA’), pursuant to federal law, if the records are not otherwise destroyed,” he wrote.
“Pending resolution of outstanding litigation involving the Commission, and pending consultation with NARA, the White House intends to destroy all state voter data.”
Herndon added that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders spoke inaccurately last week when she said the panel’s “preliminary findings” would go to DHS.
“The Commission did not create any preliminary findings,” he said in the declaration, which was part of the DOJ’s submission.
Trump dissolved the controversial Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity last week.
“Despite substantial evidence of voter fraud, many states have refuse to provide the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity with basic information relevant to its inquiry,” he said in a statement.
“Rather than engage in endless legal battles at taxpayer expense, today I signed an executive order to dissolve the Commission,” Trump added on Jan. 3.
Trump formed the panel last year after claiming, without evidence, that millions of people illegally voting in the 2016 presidential election cost him the popular vote.
The panel’s vice chairman last year asked all 50 states to submit their voter roles, adding that it was only seeking publicly available information.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) also requested information including criminal conviction data and partial Social Security numbers.
Dozens of states responded by pledging to reject parts or all of Kobach’s request, and the commission also had eight lawsuits filed against it before its dissolution.