Donald Trump has made it very clear that he will do everything he can to prevent people from voting. First he attacked the Postal Service to mixed results. Following that, he threatened to send agents to polling places in an effort to intimidate voters.The legality of such a move is, however, in question. Acting Department of Homeland security Chad Wolf was asked about the President’s claim during an appearance on CNN Sunday. Wolf admitted to Jake Tapper that the administration doesn’t have the authority to make such a move.
The host asked, “Has the president discussed with you, deploying any of your law enforcement agents to serve as poll watchers?”
The acting DHS Head answered, “No, absolutely he has not. Again, that’s not what we do at the Department of Homeland Security. We have law enforcement authorities and law enforcement officers at the department. We have express authorities given to us by Congress, and this is not one of them.”
Tapper followed up, “So if the president told you to send armed agents from DHS to polling stations on election day, you would say, no, sir, that’s not in our bailiwick?”
Wolf again replied, “Jake, we don’t have any authority to do that at the department.”
Watch a clip of the segment below, courtesy of CNN:
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