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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Plaintiffs in a lawsuit against President Trump's voting commission are alleging that co-chair Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) and other commissioners are committing the same offense that haunted Hillary Clinton's campaign for the presidency: using private email for government business. In a court filing Tuesday, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law claims that members of the commission "have been using personal email accounts rather than federal government systems to conduct Commission work." The complaint alleges that use of non-government email would violate the Presidential Records Act. "Defendants' counsel further stated they did not yet have any settled plan for how they would collect emails from these personal, non-federal government systems, or even who would conduct the searches," the filing notes, adding that it's "critically important" that the emails from personal accounts are logged in the same way as government emails.

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The civil rights organization said that the current plan for commission members to search their own personal email accounts and forward official business to counsel is inadequate. "This is troubling," the Lawyers' Committee says, both because commissioners should not make their own determinations about what is subject to disclosure and because Kobach has previously misled the court.

The Lawyers' Committee filed its lawsuit in July alleging that Trump's Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity is not making its meetings public or communications public, in violation of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. "[T]he so-called Election Integrity Commission has been operating covertly and its actions, to date, have been shrouded in secrecy," Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee, said in a statement at the time.

A week after the group filed suit, a federal judge denied an injunction against the commission, finding that there was not enough evidence that the panel planned to violate the transparency law and that the commission was making efforts to make more information public. The Lawyers' Committee appealed that decision to the D.C. Circuit.

The Lawyers' Committee's suit is just one of at least seven federal lawsuits filed against the commission in its first months of operation. A separate suit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) also alleges that the commission is not complying with transparency laws because it held its first meeting by phone, without allowing public access, and that it failed to share documents related to its operations.

According to the Washington Post, the White House published a web page containing many of those documents three days after the ACLU filed its suit.

It's unclear if members of the commission are using personal email to transmit personal voter information they collect from states, but any use of non-government email raises alarms, especially from an administration that made Clinton's use of private email and the FBI's investigation into her practices pivotal attacks during the 2016 campaign.

Vice President Mike Pence, who chairs the voting commission, was just one of many Trump-affiliated politicians who were vocal critics of Clinton's private server.

Pence continued his line of attack on the former secretary of state, even after it was reported this year that he used a private AOL email account to conduct some public business when he was governor of Indiana.

"There's no comparison whatsoever between Hillary Clinton's practice -- having a private server, misusing classified information, destroying emails when they were requested by the Congress," Pence said in March. "We have fully complied with Indiana's laws."

#1 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2017-09-12 04:22 AM | Reply

They're GOP so it's okay. See?

#2 | Posted by 726 at 2017-09-12 07:29 AM | Reply

Seems pretty clear it's a violation of the Records Act, and any business-related emails they exchanged on personal email need to be brought out into the light.

To clarify something that ThinkProgress put a very nice spin on: the commissioners are only committing ONE of the same offenses that haunted Hillary's campaign. Hillary compounded the offense by hosting all those on a homebrew server, deleting or destroying evidence, and sending/receiving classified material on unclassified networks (far and away the most egregious offense). That said, the government needs to put the same amount of effort into recovering any commission emails that they put into recovering Hillary's.

#3 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2017-09-12 08:03 AM | Reply

It seems like a bunch of people wanted to put her in prison for it...

It seems like a bunch of those people still do...

#4 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2017-09-12 08:57 AM | Reply

equifax - hacked.
fbi - hacked.
nsa - hacked.
dnc - hacked.

hillary's private email server - not hacked.

the outrage from the right about hillary's email server serves no purpose unless it's used as a way to overhaul the entire federal government's IT infrastructure.

guess what, its not being used for that, thus STFU about Hillary you hypocrite mo fos.

#5 | Posted by klifferd at 2017-09-12 09:58 AM | Reply

#4 I'm an equal opportunity incarcerator. I'd put 'em all away. They could share a cellblock with the Equifax executives that sold their stock before revealing they'd been hacked.

#6 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2017-09-12 10:01 AM | Reply

#3 - in practice she did nothing wrong. proof of that is in the extensive search that resulted in no charges.

#7 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-09-12 10:03 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


As I said of Frm Sec of State Clinton's private email usage, this raises significant FOIA concerns for me.

 

#8 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-09-12 10:03 AM | Reply

"government needs to put the same amount of effort into recovering any commission emails that they put into recovering Hillary's"

Alex Jones and trusty parrot mustang say "Many Bothans Died to Bring Us this Information" as they risk their lives sharing with us the imaginary truth

#9 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2017-09-12 10:05 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

this panel deserves an FBI investigation, so obvioisly kust a crooked opportunity to suppress votes. Kobach should already ne in prison.

#10 | Posted by danni at 2017-09-12 11:31 AM | Reply

Well I think there is blame on both sides.

Since Hillary has already been investigated to death now it is Trump's turn.

Welcome to the monkey house. 🐒

#11 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-09-12 05:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I'm sure Chris Kobach will stop this lawlessness prontodente. He went to fancy Yale Law School. Or, he could argue that he doesn't know the law so should be given a pass...

#12 | Posted by catdog at 2017-09-13 09:09 AM | Reply

Well I think there is blame on both sides.
Since Hillary has already been investigated to death now it is Trump's turn.
Welcome to the monkey house. 🐒

#11 | POSTED BY DONNERBOY

Ironically it was legal when Hillary did it.

#13 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-09-13 02:10 PM | Reply

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