Kansas agency to investigate allegations of misconduct against Kobach

Pierre Vaugeois
Juillet 18, 2017

A disciplinary office operated by the Kansas Supreme Court has opened an investigation into Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach after receiving a complaint. He 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.

A letter obtained by The Associated Press shows the Office of Disciplinary Administration made a decision to investigate the Kansas Republican following a complaint brought by Washburn University student Keri Strahler. In her July 3 letter, obtained by The Associated Press, Strahler said Kobach has "displayed a lack of respect for our courts" and alleged there are "ethical questions surrounding Kobach's behavior as an attorney".

Last month, Kobach was fined $1,000 by U.S. Magistrate Judge James O'Hara for misleading the court regarding the nature of voting-policy documents he was photographed with in a November meeting with Trump.

Kobach's spokeswoman Samantha Poetter said in an email Monday that Kobach had no comment and was still reviewing the complaint.

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

Strahler spoke to the Capital-Journal, she referenced reports about Kobach being fined $1,000 by a court in June for not turning over documents he wrote for a meeting with then President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpKobach under investigation by Kansas Supreme Court's disciplinary office MSNBC's Jansing to Dem senator: Is the party overplaying its hand on Russian Federation? According to the Associated Press, the office, which has oversight of lawyers in the state, receives about 800 complaints a year and opens probes in about a third.

In an interview, Strahler said she is surprised her complaint will be investigated. For serious matters, the matter can be submitted to the Kansas Supreme Court, which can recommend discipline including public censure, law license suspension or disbarment.

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