A federal judge is stepping in to ensure that President Donald Trump’s voter integrity commission is in compliance with public disclosure laws.
Justice Department lawyer Elizabeth Shapiro apologized to U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the District of Columbia in a hearing Wednesday for “confusion” over what documents the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity was required to post publicly prior to its first meeting on July 19. The judge accepted her apology, but noted that because the government “didn’t live up” to its initial representations of what would be disclosed, she would require new declarations about how the commission plans to comply with disclosure rules under the Federal Advisory Committee Act moving forward.
“If you’re doing compliance, it’s the end of the case. If you are not doing compliance, it’s not the end of the case,” the judge told the government lawyers.