>> President Trump's Twitter announcement of a major investigation into unsubstantiated voter fraud allegations has voting rights advocates fearing the worst. Reuters' John Whitesides.>> Well voting fraud has been the argument that Republican officials have used in recent years in a variety of states for why new voting restrictions are needed.
For voting rights advocates, this is a somewhat ominous reference to the sort of justifications that states have been using in the recent years.>> Trump clearly miffed about losing the popular vote to Hillary Clinton has claimed without evidence that 3 to 5 million people voted illegally in November's election, but advocates say this isn't really about voter fraud, but voting rights.
The White House was vague on the details of this investigation, but spokesman Sean Spicer did say, Wednesday, it may focus on the larger states where Trump lost.>> There are big states, very populous states and urban areas where you would have spent more time. I think when you look at where a lot of these issues could have occurred in bigger States, that's where I think we're gonna look.
>> Trump's repeated claims in recent days of fraud have rankled leaders in both parties. Minority Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday, it shows the winner of the election is being, in her words, insecure.>> To suggest and to undermine the integrity of our voting system is really strange.>> GOP House Speaker, Paul Ryan, Tuesday, when asked about voter fraud, he said simply
>> I've seen no evidence to that effect and I've made that very, very clear.