Donald Trump’s latest promotion of  unsubstantiated claims of election fraud includes a claim that he “Sent in the FBI” to prevent Governor Ron DeSantis from losing the 2018 gubernatorial race due to “voter fraud.” Trump has doubled down on “stolen” election conspiracy theories amidst a poor showing for the GOP during midterm elections, threatening the integrity of our democracy. If Trump did, in fact, deploy federal law enforcement personnel to interfere with election officials’ counting of ballots in order to sway the election in favor of his political allies, the public needs to know.

CREW has requested records from the DOJ and FBI on Trump’s claim that he sent federal agents to Florida in 2018 to prevent DeSantis from losing the election to voter fraud.

As we saw vividly on January 6, 2021, Trump’s incessant promotion of voter fraud conspiracy theories have had lasting and deadly consequences and cannot go unmonitored or unchecked. If there’s any hint of truth to his claim of using the federal government while he was president to meddle in an election to benefit his political allies, it must be exposed. The public needs to know the full breadth of Trump’s damage to our democracy.

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