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WSJ Turns to Terwilliger for Context on Trump Voter Fraud Probe

January 27, 2017

In reporting on President Donald Trump’s call for a major investigation into his claim of widespread voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election, the Wall Street Journal turned to McGuireWoods partner and former Deputy Attorney General George Terwilliger for context and balance.

The Jan. 26 Wall Street Journal story developed over Trump’s Jan. 25 tweet that he wants an inquiry to determine whether voter rolls include dead people, illegal immigrants and people registered (and voting) in more than one state. It also notes sharp differences among members of Congress, including many fellow Republicans, who note that Trump’s claims of wholesale election fraud are unsubstantiated.

Terwilliger offered a differing point of view, telling the Journal that such an investigation to determine the extent of voter fraud is entirely worthwhile and legitimate.

“I know there’s a lot of narrative out there that tends to pooh-pooh the idea that vote fraud has any effect,” the newspaper quotes him as saying. “I don’t think we know that.”