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Judge fines Kobach for misleading court about document he took to Trump meeting

President-elect Donald Trump pauses to pose for photographs as he greets Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach, at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, in Bedminster, N.J.. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President-elect Donald Trump pauses to pose for photographs as he greets Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach, at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, in Bedminster, N.J.. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

June 23, 2017, 1:31 p.m. Updated June 23, 2017, 4:08 p.m.


Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach was fined $1,000 on Friday by a federal magistrate judge for "patently misleading representations" he made to the court about the contents of a document he was photographed taking into a November meeting with then President-elect Donald Trump.

"The court agrees that the defendant's deceptive conduct and lack of candor warrant the imposition of sanctions," U.S. Magistrate Judge James O'Hara wrote in his ruling.

Neither Kobach nor the ACLU immediately responded to requests for comment.

The dispute stems from efforts by the American Civil Liberties Union to obtain a document that The Associated Press photographed Kobach taking into his meeting with Trump referencing a possible amendment to the National Voting Registration Act.

That photograph prompted ACLU to seek to obtain it and any related materials on his proposed changes to federal voting law. The move came in its federal lawsuit in Kansas challenging the state's voter registration law that requires people to submit citizenship documents such as a birth certificate, naturalization papers or U.S. passport.

Kobach initially refused to give the documents to the ACLU, prompting the group to seek a court order forcing him to turn over any documents about his efforts to change federal law on the type of information states require to determine voting eligibility.

In response to that motion, the judge said Kobach made misleading representations to the court about the contents of documents. When two federal judges subsequently privately examined them in chambers they found them to be relevant, and both ordered Kobach to give them to the ACLU.

Kobach eventually did so, but only after designating them "confidential" to prevent the public from seeing the documents.

The ACLU sought to have that designation removed, but the judge stopped short on Friday of ordering the materials to be made public.

Kobach has argued in a court filing that the ACLU's efforts to make those materials public are meant "to annoy, harass and embarrass" him.

Trump has named Kobach vice chairman of a national election fraud commission. Kobach has announced he is running for Kansas governor.

The judge told Kobach to pay the fine by July 21, saying he was imposing the fine to deter him from deliberately attempting to mislead the court in the future. He also ordered Kobach to submit to questioning from the ACLU about the two documents at a closed deposition on July 5.


Tony Peterson 8 months ago

And that huge thump you just heard was Kobach's plan to run for Governor hitting the ground and dying on impact.

Glen Stovall 8 months ago

Are you kidding?! If you have an R behind your name it doesn't matter what you do---they still elect you.

Tony Peterson 8 months ago

But there are already two other Republicans who have also filed to run for office so this is going to keep coming up over and over and over again during the race. Kobach already had enough bad press and baggage hanging over him to ever be a viable candidate for Governor.

Bill Turner 8 months ago

Yea, I'm with Glen on this one. Republican Greg Gianforte physically assaulted a reporter (later plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge and settled the related civil matter out of court) and still got elected to congress in Montana. Fibbing to the judge and getting a slap on the wrist is utterly meaningless in the current political era.

Steve Hicks 8 months ago

For Kobach' faction...the crowd that believes "government is the problem" and hates "job-killing" federal regulation of Wall Street or the oil-industry...lying to a federal court is a clever new way to show ideological contempt for "illegitimate" authority. A badge of honor, with admirers of crookocracy.

Carol Bowen 8 months ago

Kobach has been fined twice before. No one remembers. He gets votes anyway.

Tracy Rogers 8 months ago

"misleading the court". Is that a new term for perjury?

Dani Davey 8 months ago

No. Perjury is lying when under oath. Attorneys don't make arguments to the court under oath but do have an ethical duty of candor and truthfulness to the court.

Clark Coan 8 months ago

That's a slap on the wrist for someone in his income bracket. So, are Kansans going to elect someone who commits perjury to the governorship? Probably.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 8 months ago

And his income bracket is really suspicious. He's a government worker, a public servant. He should have so much money. As you can tell, I'm not happy about having rich people running governments.

Sam Crow 8 months ago

You are not happy about rich people overall.

Few people are more jealous and bitter about others that have more than you.

Richard Heckler 8 months ago

Trump with his partner Rump .......

Greg Cooper 8 months ago

Jeez, guys, this is nothing but a pattern for this chump. Remember how he lied on his building application and led Trumpkins to believe 3-5,000,000 people voted illegally? This is a pattern that the base encourages, and will probably not affect voting here in our state, as sickening as that thought may be.

Michael Kort 8 months ago

LIars elect liars because they are blind to the difference between truth and lies and are happy to be that way .

To loose the republican nomination for Governor, Kobach would have to run against a republican who could out lie Kobachs to Kobachs base !

Fred Whitehead Jr. 8 months ago

Birds of a feather..............flop together..............two liars in one poke......liar, liar, pants on fire!!!

John Brazelton 8 months ago

All politicians, Republican or Democratic, are liars. If they told the truth when campaigning, no one would vote them into office. For example, if social security was a true retirement system for all citizens, then 20% of everyone's pay check would be required to be paid into the system. Everyone would revolt if that was a requirement.

Michael Kort 8 months ago

Trump said that he was worth ( if I remember correctly ) 10 billion while running for POTUS .

Now he says that it is 1.6 billion .

The media reports the recent remark and never compares that to the earlier remark ?

Trump is such a liar........that he can't keep his lies straight......and he seldom gets called on it .....and it wouldn't matter to his followers because they are self willing buyers of what pleases them to believe .

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 8 months ago

I wonder if he counts the millions of dollars in debt, that he isn't planning to pay? I understand no established banks will loan to him anymore. But he runs out on his bills all the time. I wonder if it will ever catch up with him?

Sam Crow 8 months ago

You really do live in your own little fantasy world.

Marc Wilborn 8 months ago

And Bernie and Jane just hired lawyers because they are under investigation for bank fraud.

Michael Kort 8 months ago

Trump also stole other people donated $ monies from his own name sake charity to pay fines against his own businesses for illegal acts .

Theft from a Foundation is essentially theft from the IRS and the Government that he now runs .

Maybe he should start a school to teach people how to do that, as he seems to have gotten away with that !........and knows the ins and outs of criminality .

Renee Patrick 8 months ago

If he was proud enough of that document to take it to Trump, why would it be embarrassing to him if the ACLU made it public? What is missing here?

Paul Beyer 8 months ago

He's not worried about the fine. His handlers, the kochs will pay it out of their petty cash fund.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 8 months ago

And it must be pretty big, since they haven't been paying state income taxes for a few years now.

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