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Rep. Pete Sessions: Trump's Voting Numbers Do Not 'Seem Plausible'

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By    |   Wednesday, 25 Jan 2017 09:51 AM

There are instances of voter fraud occurring in the United States, but President Donald Trump's claims that 3 million to 5 million votes from undocumented immigrants swayed the popular vote to rival Hillary Clinton do not "seem plausible," but voter fraud is an important issue, Rep. Pete Sessions said Wednesday.

"I used to be chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee and I have my finger on a lot of thoughts and ideas," the Texas Republican said told CNN's "New Day" anchor Chris Cuomo. 

"Regardless of whether it is 3 to 5 million people and regardless of how they voted, I think what the president is speaking about is an evaluation where we make sure the integrity at the ballot box is valid. I'm not sure I would use the same talking points that he does."

Sessions denied that he was embracing Trump's position or "making it okay," but at the same time, he would not have sent a tweet to call for a widespread investigation, like Trump did earlier in the morning.

"I need to listen to what he's going to say . . . This just happened overnight," said Sessions. "It does not seem plausible to me either."

There are places in the country, though, that are cause for concern, said Sessions, including in Pennsylvania, "where 110 percent of the voters turn out. I do question that."

But even with those voters, they are not people who are in the United States illegally, but instead are "people who perhaps were voting that actually did not show up to vote. So I have different thoughts about what our problems are. It is not about illegals."

Sessions also on Wednesday struck back at Trump's call for a wall along the entire Mexican border, telling CNN that he does "not believe that we need a wall in the middle of nowhere."

He does believe, though, that Trump is addressing many of the executive orders former President Barack Obama signed, including "catch and release, among other things, and an insistence that we would encourage people from Central and South America, including children, to come to this country for the purpose of citizenship, is a bad idea."

Operational control of the border is needed, though, said Sessions, and he believes newly confirmed Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly will carefully address the situation.

"The way we say this, however, is that we're going to follow the law," said Sessions. "We're going to stop the illegal incursions across the border and protect people . . . Criminal aliens need to be deported from this country."

Sessions said he also agrees that vetting is needed before allowing immigrants to enter the country, but he would not specify the types of countries, like Trump has.

"I would have said where we cannot get the proper vetting background, then they should not come into the country," said Sessions. "Let's go high on this and let's say let's follow the law as it is."

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There are instances of voter fraud occurring in the United States, but President Donald Trump's claims that 3 million to 5 million votes from undocumented immigrants swayed the popular vote to rival Hillary Clinton do not "seem plausible"...
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