“Judge: Trump Voter Fraud Panel Docs Must Be Turned Over To Member Who Sued”

Tierney Sneed for TPM:

Nearly six months after President Trump, citing growing litigation, dissolved his sketchy voter fraud commission, a federal judge in Washington said Wednesday that certain commission documents should be turned over to one of its commissioners, who sued last year over the panel’s lack of transparency.

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly had previously ordered in late December that the commissioner, Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap (D), receive the documents, including internal communications, that he was requesting. About two weeks after her order, the commission folded, but the legal fight over his case has continued.

The judge said Wednesday that the commission must turn over the documents that were covered in her Dec. 22 order by July 18. The judge said that she had not “considered line-by-line the documents requested by Plaintiff.” But she pointed to the documents referenced in an index of commission-related communications, which was provided in a separate lawsuit, as an example of what she was expecting to be turned over.

With a dig at Kobach, via Josh Gerstein:

Kollar-Kotelly concluded Dunlap should not be permitted to subpoena Kobach right now, but the judge also took notice of a series of opinions from a federal judge and magistrate In Kansas, faulting him for defying court orders.

“The Court is aware that Mr. Kobach’s reputation for candor to the tribunal and compliance with its orders is less than sterling,” Kollar-Kotelly observed, before turning down the requested subpoena.




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