“I will be asking for a major investigation into VOTER FRAUD, including those registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal and even those registered to vote who are dead (and many for a long time). Depending on the results we will strengthen up voting procedures!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

 

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There is no public evidence of widespread illegal voting in last year’s poll and Trump and the White House are yet to substantiate the president’s claim.

 

Hours after Trump told congressional leaders that as many as five million people could have voted illegally, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said this belief was based “on the studies he’s seen.”

 

“I think the president has believed that for a while based on studies and information he has.”

 

If proven, it would be an enormous political scandal.

 

Spicer said the Republican president nonetheless had confidence in the election outcome.

 

Trump lost the popular vote to Democrat Hillary Clinton by around 2.9 million votes, but won the all-important state-weighted electoral college.

 

Spicer said Trump had seen a study suggesting that 14 percent of people who voted “were non-citizens.”