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LaRose says Trump’s election fraud claims ‘sound pretty unbelievable’

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said he hasn’t vetted claims from President Donald Trump about election fraud,“but certainly there are things that I’ve heard that sound pretty unbelievable to me.”

In an interview with this newspaper, LaRose said about Trump, a fellow Republican: “My challenge is, present your evidence.”

Trump has filed multiple unsuccessful lawsuits in states where he either lost or is losing to Joe Biden and claims Democrats are “trying to steal the election.”

LaRose added: “I’ve been very plain spoken about (fraud claims). I’ve called out members of my party when they make unfounded claims. I’ve called out members of the other party. What I’ve said is, ‘If you have evidence you need to present it.’ Making claims about voter fraud and then not presenting any evidence is where the concern comes in.”

When asked if voter fraud allegations coming from the president are different than from others, LaRose said, “Any kind of claim like that without evidence is problematic. You need to show evidence. Unfounded claims are irresponsible. If you have evidence then show it. Any party has not only the right, but the duty to bring evidence to light and have it vetted by the legal system.”

Read more in Sunday’s Tribune Chronicle.

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