ACLU v Kobach Trial Ends With Confession From Trump’s Vote-Thief-in-Chief

Greg Palast

ACLU v Kobach trial ends with Trump’s vote “sheriff” confessing via deposition of scheme given to Trump to block new voters nationwide.

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[Pages 10 and 11 of Kris Kobach’s deposition — see the full redacted deposition here.]

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach blocked ONE IN SEVEN Kansans from registering to vote because they could not provide passports or certified birth certificates. Almost all those blocked were new young voters and older poor voters — i.e. Democrats.

Kobach could not identify a single one of these as a non-citizen.

This blockade of mostly Democratic voters is justified by Kobach’s (and Donald Trump’s) claim that the number of non-citizen voters he found (5 over twenty years out of a BILLION ballots cast), is just the “tip of the iceberg.”

Dale Ho of the ACLU ended his closing argument: “The iceberg, on close inspection, your honor, is more of an ice cube.”

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[Pages 12 and 13 of Kris Kobach’s deposition — see the full redacted deposition here.]

The ACLU also released a copy of Kris Kobach’s deposition in which he confesses that, as the Palast team charged in January 2017, that he proposed to Trump a scheme to change the National Voter Registration Act to allow this Kansas passport-or-birth certificate rule to become national law. That would, our experts calculate, cost nearly one million new voters to lose their vote by the 2020 Presidential election.


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Before turning to journalism as an investigative reporter for The Guardian and BBC Television, Greg Palast was an investigator of fraud and racketeering for governments and labor unions worldwide. Known as the reporter who exposed how Katherine Harris and Jeb Bush purged thousands of Black voters from Florida rolls to steal the 2000 election for George Bush, Palast has written four New York Times bestsellers, including Armed Madhouse, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits, and The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, now a major non-fiction movie. The post-election update of the movie, subtitled The Case of the Stole Election, has just been released on Amazon — and can be streamed for FREE by Prime members!

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