A state agency has launched an investigation into Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s involvement in voting cases, including allegations that he misrepresented the content of a document he was photographed taking into a November meeting with then President-elect Donald Trump. The Office of Disciplinary Administration considers misconduct complaints against attorneys, and Kobach — a Republican candidate for Kansas governor next year — is the only secretary of state in the country with prosecutorial powers. He also serves as vice chairman of Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, which recently set off a nationwide outcry when the commission asked states for detailed information about every voter.
The Kansas disciplinary panel launched the investigation last week after receiving a complaint by Washburn University student Keri Strahler, who also is a Democratic committeewoman. In her July 3 letter, obtained by The Associated Press, Strahler said Kobach has “displayed a lack of respect for our courts” and alleged there are “ethical questions surrounding Kobach’s behavior as an attorney.”
Kobach’s spokeswoman, Samantha Poetter, said in an email Monday that they are reviewing it and have no comment.
Strahler cited U.S. Magistrate Judge James O’Hara’s decision last month to fine Kobach $1,000 over what he called “deceptive conduct and lack of candor.”