Statesman: Democrats call for investigation of Abbott’s role in Texas voter review

Saying that recent emails show Gov. Greg Abbott’s “fingerprints” were all over a botched attempt to review the citizenship status of Texas voters earlier this year, two Democratic congressmen said Friday that they will press for a sharper U.S. House investigation into the matter.

Twice in the past 2½ months, the Committee on Oversight and Reform, the main investigative body of the U.S. House, demanded internal documents related to the citizenship investigation, and twice state Republican officials have refused.

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, accused Republicans of stonewalling “to avoid accountability and obstruct access to the truth” about a review Doggett called a disgraceful effort to suppress votes by targeting naturalized U.S. citizens.

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, said he and Doggett will ask the committee to redouble efforts to investigate the citizenship review, including the role Abbott and his office played in “attempting to steal the rights of almost 100,000 Texans to vote.”

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