Donald Trump threatens to send police to polling places, voter intimidation

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In an interview on Fox News, Donald Trump tells Sean Hannity that he’s planning to send law enforcement to the polls on election day.

“We’re going to have everything. We’re going to have sheriffs, and we’re going to have law enforcement. And we’re going to have hopefully U.S. attorneys, and we’re going to have everybody and attorney generals.”

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Not that he cares, but this would be illegal.

Legal experts called Trump’s plan “illegal.”

“Federal law expressly prohibits any federal officer from sending ‘troops or armed men’ to any polling place ‘unless such force be necessary to repel armed enemies of the United States,'” Steve Vladeck, a professor at the University of Texas School of Law, tweeted.

Vladeck told CNN that the president has no authority to dispatch local law enforcement officials to monitor polling sites, though his campaign could hire off-duty officers as the RNC did in 1982.



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