Donald Trump’s ‘voter fraud’ investigation is little more than a thinly veiled attempt at allowing Donald Trump to convince himself that he didn’t really lose the popular vote, while collecting personal information on voters for future campaign use. It’s why more than forty states have flatly rejected the Trump camp’s request for such data. But now the effort has backfired even more thoroughly on Trump.
Trump chose Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who also happens to be running for Governor of Kansas in 2018, to head his “Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.” But now Kobach has been caught using his position as head of the committee to promote his own upcoming run for Governor, which is a violation of the Hatch Act under federal law. So now the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is launching an investigation into Kobach while also reporting him for his antics.
Kristen Clarke, the President and Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee, has announced the following: “We filed complaint today alleging Kris Kobach violated Hatch Act by using work w/ sham Pence-Kobach Comm. to promote his candidacy” (link). The Hatch Act is an election fraud statute, and it’s been around since 1939 but was most recently updated in 2012. It’s been invoked several times against various candidates who have violated it over the years. Typically the court system ends up ruling on its applicability and punishment in the most heavily disputed instances, meaning that Donald Trump won’t be able to precent Kobach from any consequences he may end up facing.
Meanwhile, Democratic and Republican leaders of most states have come together to refuse the request from Donald Trump’s White House to fork over private voter data. It seems even the Republicans aren’t willing to go down Trump on this road, as they don’t want to be tainted by association with it. If you’re a regular reader, feel free to support Palmer Report
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report