Kobach Faces Misconduct Investigation by Kansas High Court

19 July, 2017, 03:08 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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Four top House Democrats said Tuesday that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) should resign from his position as vice chair of President Donald Trump's commission to investigate elections, arguing that Kobach is using his position for political gain and violating federal transparency and privacy laws.

The Kansas disciplinary panel launched the investigation last week after receiving a complaint by Washburn University student Keri Strahler, who also is a Democratic committeewoman.

The Republican also serves as vice chairman of Trump's Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, which recently set off a nationwide outcry when the commission asked states for detailed information about every voter.

Kobach also misled a federal court and was fined by a USA magistrate judge for deceptive conduct, the complaint says.

"I do not take this lightly, but there are ethical questions surrounding Mr. Kobach's behavior as an attorney and I bring this concern for consideration should discipline be warranted", Strahler wrote.

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"The allegations contained in your letter will be investigated", said the response signed by a staff member in the office, which is part of the judicial branch.

Kobach essentially told the court he didn't have any such documents - the misrepresentation cited in the judge's order.

Kobach spokeswoman Samantha Poetter said staff in the office are reviewing the issue. Kobach is appealing a $1,000 fine that was leveled against him in June.

The Supreme Court's disciplinary arm receives about 800 complaints a year but only opens investigations in about a third of them, according to the Associated Press.

The architect of several Kansas voter ID laws, Kobach claims voter fraud is rampant across the nation.


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