Trump e-mail scandal! ‘Election integrity’ panel members using personal accounts
Members of President Donald Trump’s bogus “election integrity” commission vice chaired by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) used personal email to conduct official business, plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the commission claimed Tuesday.
The claims appeared in a joint status report filed by both sides Tuesday in the case in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Members of the panel “have been using personal email accounts rather than federal government systems to conduct Commission work,” according to the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, which filed suit against the committee in July.
The lawyers’ group said in the filing that the use of personal accounts is a violation of the Presidential Records Act and claimed that lawyers for the commission said “they did not yet have any settled plan for how they would collect emails from these personal, non-federal government systems.”
And before your crazy Trump-loving tea party uncle can sputter “But but but but HILLARY!”, let him know that the Lawyers’ Committee lawsuit, as noted in their press release, went beyond the e-mail scandal to demand full transparency. The suit
notes that the Commission’s upcoming July 19th meeting will not be open to the public, and exposes the Commission’s lack of oversight and accountability given that its unprecedented request for personal voter data was not accurately directed at statewide officials nor was it in compliance with many state privacy laws. The lawsuit additionally notes that the Commission failed to provide public notice or disclose details regarding its June 28th telephone conference meeting, during which the commission, led by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, approved a plan to request an unprecedented amount of voter data from statewide election officials.
The suit seeks a temporary restraining order mandating the production of records before the July 19th meeting, blocking the July 19th meeting until the Commission fulfills its obligations to disclose its documents, and ordering that all commission meetings be open to the public.
Then, remind your uncle that this is not the first Trump e-mail scandal.