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Trump talks 'voter fraud' amid EPA media blackout, pipeline renewals

President Donald Trump said Wednesday on Twitter that he would call for an investigation into voter fraud in the U.S. (Source: AP/Evan Vucci, Pool) President Donald Trump said Wednesday on Twitter that he would call for an investigation into voter fraud in the U.S. (Source: AP/Evan Vucci, Pool)

WASHINGTON (RNN) - The president announced Wednesday via Twitter that he would ask for a "major investigation" into voter fraud.

His statement came a day after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Donald Trump still believes there were millions of illegal votes cast in the election. Trump previously said that was the cause of him losing the popular vote by about 2.9 million.

"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)," Trump tweeted. "Depending on results, we will strengthen up voting procedures!"

Outlandish statements by the president often come around the same time as other actions, with the outrageous taking prominence in national news reporting.

The latest comes amid several executive orders signed by Trump in his first week: anti-abortion funding bans, the revival of oil pipeline projects Keystone XL and Dakota Access, the fast-tracking of environmental reviews, and the federal hiring freeze.

Also, the EPA and other federal agencies were put on a media blackout. On Wednesday, he reportedly plans to sign more executive orders on construction of a border wall between Mexico and a crackdown on so-called "sanctuary cities."

In addition, the president's cabinet picks, including Rep. Tom Price for Health and Human Services and Betsy DeVos for Education, have been involved in sometimes contentious Senate hearings. 

Multiple fact-checkers and reports have debunked the myth of widespread voter fraud, and the Trump administration has presented no evidence to support their case. David Becker, the author of a Pew study Spicer cited as proof, said on Twitter that his report never found fraud.

Becker's report was on outdated voter rolls, not votes cast by noncitizens.

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