Co-Chair of Trump’s Voter Fraud Panel Fined By Court for Lying About Voter Fraud.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has long supported Trump’s fatuous claim that millions voted illegally in the 2016 Presidential election. So naturally when it came time for Trump to put together a Commission to validate his lies, his first pick was Kris Kobach who he made Co-Chairman with Vice President Pence. When Kobach’s ham fisted efforts to apply his own state’s voter ID law threatened to keep legitimate citizens from voting, these legitimate citizens understandably sued.
As is typical discovery ensued and “Mr. wants all your voter information,” didn’t want to release documents the court found relevant. Kobach claimed the documents (that he made for Trump) were irrelevant. The court, after observing the documents, found they were relevant and stated that Kobach’s briefs arguing they were not relevant “most charitably, can be construed as word-play meant to present a materially inaccurate picture of the documents.” In other words, he lied about what was in the documents, something that became obvious once the court saw them.
Such comments by the judge invited the Plaintiffs to file a motion for sanctions, so they did. The judge granted the motion, fining Kobach $1,000 for misleading the court. While the fine was not substantial, Kobach requested reconsideration, undoubtedly realizing this would look bad for him professionally, and for the credibility of Trump’s voter fraud commission he co-chairs.
On reconsideration, the judge not only affirmed the fine, he twisted the knife even harder noting that one basis for affirming the fine for this particular act was that it was part of a “pattern” of acts evidencing Kobach misleading the court. The judge cited a series of “statements made or positions taken by Secretary Kobach that have called his credibility into question.” The judge noted that:
“when any lawyer takes an unsupportable position in a simple matter such as this, it hurts his or her credibility when the court considers arguments on much more complex and nuanced matters.”
And that folks is what a Federal court just decided about the guy who is running Trump’s voter fraud commission. Take a look at Footnote 27 of this court ruling.
One other thing, Kobach’s dragnet to find widespread voter fraud in Kansas netted only a handful of convictions, the bulk of which were against registered Republicans.