A federal judge will allow the ACLU to show video of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach speaking about his advice to President Donald Trump as part of a trial that will determine whether thousands can vote in Kansas this November. The video of a 2017 deposition will serve as a piece of evidence in the American Civil Liberties Union’s challenge of a Kansas law that requires prospective voters to provide proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate or passport, before they can register to vote. Kobach’s team objected Wednesday to the showing of the video on the grounds that they had not had a chance to review it. They asked that a transcript of the deposition be read instead. U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson agreed to delay the viewing of the 45-minute video until Thursday to give Kobach’s team a chance to review it, but she rejected the request to prevent it from being played at the trial.
“It’s a video deposition. Video depositions are played and not read,” she said after a lengthy discussion Wednesday morning.
Kobach confirmed that the video includes a portion of the deposition where he was asked about documents that he shared with Trump during a 2016 meeting.
He did not offer any other details on the content of the video, which could potentially shed light on the president’s thinking on voting rights.