The White House doubled down on Tuesday, defending President Donald Trump's claim that millions of people committed voter fraud in the November election, even though this claim has largely been debunked.
During Tuesday afternoon's daily press briefing, ABC News' Cecilia Vega asked the president's press secretary Sean Spicer if Trump believes that millions voted illegally and what evidence does the White House have of widespread voter fraud.
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"The president does believe that," Spicer told reporters. "He has stated that before. I think he's stated his concerns of voter fraud and people voting illegally during the campaign and he continues to maintain that belief based on studies and evidence people have presented to him."
Trump first made claims of widespread voter fraud almost immediately after the election was over, tweeting that there was "serious voter fraud" and he would have won the "popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally."
In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016
According to Politico, the president repeated those beliefs to congressional leaders during a private meeting on Monday night.
Following several questions at Tuesday's briefing, NPR's Mara Liasson insisted that if Trump's claims of voter fraud were true, this would be the "biggest scandal in American electoral history," and asked why he's not actively investigating.
"Maybe we will," said Spicer. "We'll see where we go from here, but right now the focus the president has is on putting Americans back to work. It was a comment he made on a longstanding belief."
Spicer later confirmed that "there is no investigation," but that "anything is possible.
During the press conference, Spicer also claimed that Trump won the 2016 election with the most electoral votes of any Republican president since Reagan. However, as NPR's Jessica Taylor pointed out, Trump's 306 electoral votes falls short of George H. W. Bush's win in 1988 with 426 electoral votes.
Spicer says Trump won with the most electoral votes (306) of a GOP president since Reagan. George HW Bush got 426.
— Jessica Taylor (@JessicaTaylor) January 24, 2017