Trump’s ‘Voter Fraud’ Chief Is a Hate Group’s Attorney and Now a Paid Columnist at Breitbart
Bannon Brags Breitbart Is ‘The Platform for the Alt-Right’
Kris KobachÂ is:
- The vice chair of Trump’s “voter fraud” commission, the “Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity”
- The Secretary of State for Kansas
- A candidate to become the Republican governor of Kansas
- The attorney for the activist arm of an anti-immigrant hate group
- One of the key authors of anti-immigrant bills and laws around the country, likeÂ Arizona’s SB 1070 andÂ Alabama’s HB 56
- A paid columnist for the “alt-right” website Breitbart
Yes, Kobach is an elected official and possibly the first to simultaneously be a paid columnist at a national publication.Â
“Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is now a regular columnist on the far-right news site run by President Donald Trumpâ€™s former chief strategist,” The Kansas City Star reported Thursday evening. (Trump’s former chief strategist is of course Steve Bannon.)
Kobach, a candidate for Kansas governor who is running on a platform of combating illegal immigration, published his first article for Breitbart.com in June â€” a piece that tied refugees to terrorism.Â
He has published six more pieces since then and more are on the horizon. Kobach, who previously hosted a talk radio show in Kansas City, said Breitbart approached him about writing a regular column in June.Â
â€œI think Breitbart.com appeals to anyone who is Republican or conservative in any way,â€ Kobach said after disputing claims that the site caters to white nationalists. â€œIt appeals to a broad spectrum of conservative readers.â€
Let’s remember, Bannon has bragged that Breitbart isÂ â€œthe platform for the alt-right.â€
So it should come as no surprise that Kobach is talking to news channels like MSNBC and Fox News today about wanting Trump to kill DACA, an Obama-era immigration program designed to protect undocumented immigrants who came into the U.S. as children, through no fault of their own. (For the record, MSNBC’s Ali Velshi and Stephanie Ruhle decimated Kobach’s claims.
Trump is expected to kill DACA any day now, sending over 800,000 undocumented people to countries they don’t remember, some of which are literally called the murder capitols of the world.
Meanwhile, for some inexplicable reason, Kobach’s ties to white nationalism and the anti-immigrant movement are rarely reported, but it’s important Americans know about them.Â Â
In June, here’s how theÂ Southern Poverty Law Center reported on Kobach’s run for governor:
“Kris Kobach, Legal Counsel to Hate Group and Architect of Unconstitutional Anti-Immigrant Laws, Announces Run for Kansas Governor.”
Kobachâ€™s connections to hate groups reaches back to 2004, when he first served as counsel to the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI), the legal arm of theÂ Federation for American Immigration ReformÂ (FAIR). FAIRâ€™s leaders have historical ties to white supremacists and eugenicists and who have made numerous racist statements and was named a hate group by the SPLC in 2007.
As recently as 2015, Kobach was a featured speaker at a â€œwriterâ€™s workshopâ€ organized by The Social Contract Press, a white nationalist publisher known for resurrecting the obscure racist novelÂ Camp of the Saints. In March of this year, KobachÂ invited Austrian anti-Muslim activist Elisabeth Sabaditsch-WolffÂ to a meeting in Topeka. Sabaditsch-Wolff was convicted of hate speech in her native country in 2011 and works closely with ACT For America, the largest anti-Muslim hate group in the United States.
When people wonder whyÂ Donald Trump finds it so hard to denounce white supremacists and white nationalists, maybe they should remember that he has close ties to BreitbartÂ â€“ he still regularly calls Steve Bannon, who is back as the head of the alt-right websiteÂ â€“ and he hires people like Kris Kobach.
The question is, why isn’t the rest of the mediaÂ highlighting Kobach’s background?
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Trump Files Sweeping Legal Motion to Try to Block Georgia Grand Jury Findings and District Attorney Fani Willis
Attorneys for Donald Trump Monday morning filed a sweeping 483-page legal motion asking a Georgia court to block any report from the Fulton County special grand jury and any evidence the grand jury may find, and to force District Attorney Fani Willis to recuse in the investigation into his unlawful attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results in that state.
The Daily Beast’s Jose Pagliery first reported the filing. The Atlanta Journal Constitution also reports Trump’s attorneys have filed the motion.
Lawfare Blog’s Anna Bower, who has been covering the Fulton County case, calls the filing “mammoth.”
BREAKING: In a mammoth filing debut in Fulton County Superior Court, Trump’s legal team in Georgia is seeking to quash the report of the special purpose grand jury that investigated 2020 election interference in the state. pic.twitter.com/M9MXTejYIP
— Anna Bower (@AnnaBower) March 20, 2023
The news comes just hours after reports District Attorney Willis could be considering RICO, or conspiracy and racketeering charges against Trump.
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This is a breaking news and developing story.
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‘RICO’: Trump Could Be Facing Racketeering and Conspiracy Charges Used to Prosecute Organized Crime
Fulton County, Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis is reportedly considering RICO charges against Donald Trump in her probe of his attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election, CNN reports. RICO charges are generally used when prosecuting organized crime cases.
“The reason that I am a fan of RICO is, I think jurors are very, very intelligent,” Willis had said last year about a different case. “They want to know what happened. They want to make an accurate decision about someone’s life. And so RICO is a tool that allows a prosecutor’s office and law enforcement to tell the whole story.”
Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance, a law professor and an NBC News/MSNBC contributor, Monday morning on Twitter, pointing to CNN’s report, said Willis “is seriously considering a RICO charge.” She repeated that claim on MSNBC shortly after.
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CNN reports, “Investigators have a large volume of substantial evidence related to a possible conspiracy from inside and outside the state, including recordings of phone calls, emails, text messages, documents, and testimony before a special grand jury. Their work, the source said, underscores the belief that the push to help Trump was not just a grassroots effort that originated inside the state.”
On-air Monday morning, CNN senior legal analyst Elie Honig, a former federal and state prosecutor, explained conspiracy, racketeering, and RICO, saying, “conspiracy” is “a loaded word. But all it really means is an agreement, a meeting of the minds between two or more people to commit a crime.”
But he added, “if we go up to racketeering, now, this is a really powerful tool the prosecutors use. What you have to do is show two things. First of all, the existence of what we call a racketeering enterprise, that can be a Mafia family, that can be a drug trafficking organization, but it could also be a corporation or a political entity, and then you have to show that they engage in what we call a pattern of racketeering activity, meaning that they committed two or more crimes in an organized fashion, which brings us to this other new piece of information. There’s a third phone call we already know about, of course, the infamous phone call to Brad Raffensperger. ‘I just want to find 11,780 votes.’ There’s also a public recording of Donald Trump talking to this investigator, Francis Watson, when he tells her, ‘when the right answer comes out, you’ll be praised.'”
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“Now we know, Trump also called the former Georgia Speaker of the House asking him to convene a special session,” Honig continued. “As we know we’ve heard from some of the grand jurors special grand jurors who’ve come out, they’ve told us that they recommended indictments for more than a dozen people.”
Watch CNN’s report below or at this link.
Prosecutors in Atlanta are considering bringing RICO charges in connection with Donald Trump’s effort to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia.@eliehonig breaks it down: pic.twitter.com/H7YXKQnus8
— CNN This Morning (@CNNThisMorning) March 20, 2023
‘This Man Is a Criminal’: George Conway Busts GOP’s ‘Completely Ridiculous’ Trump Defense
George Conway ripped Republicans for defending lifelong “criminal” Donald Trump against a looming indictment in New York.
The ex-president apparently expects to be charged in the Stormy Daniels hush money payoff, and the conservative attorney told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that he richly deserves it.
“The Republicans are behaving like complete disgraces,” Conway said. “They’re basically saying that, by saying that Trump is being persecuted, they’re essentially saying, you can’t touch Trump and Trump is above the law. Whatever slack you might have wanted to cut a former president, that was gone after Jan. 6. This man is a recidivist criminal, he’s committed fraud all his life, he’s lied all of his life.”
“This Stormy Daniels thing was something he cooked up,” Conway added. “The notion that [Michael] Cohen is going to be discredited on it is ridiculous given the paper trail. We see the checks signed by Donald Trump. It’s hard to say he is being picked on for paying $130,000 in hush money to a porn star and concealing that and using a straw donor, which was Cohen, to do that, and saying he’s being persecuted somehow when no one has ever done that it is completely ridiculous.”
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Watch the video below or at this link.
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