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Trump Got Idea for Census Citizenship Question From Anti-Immigrant Hate Group Attorney

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President Donald Trump like to credit himself with coming up with lots of ideas. He claims he came up with the term “fake news,” and the centuries-old phrase “priming the pump.” In truth, this American president has relatively few original ideas, and that would be OK if his advisors were good people. They’re not.

Much has been written about the moral calibre of Trump’s Cabinet members and senior staff, but for reasons unknown the background of one of Trump’s trusted advisors never seems to get the attention it deserves.

It could be because he’s a sitting Secretary of State and running to be that state’s next Republican governor.

By now, you probably have heard his name: Kris Kobach. He’s the Secretary of State for the State of Kansas.

He’s also “of counsel,” meaning, an attorney of record for the lobbying arm of a group that appears on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s page of anti-immigrant hate groups.

Kobach served as the vice-chair of Trump’s highly controversial voter fraud commission. It was a thinly-veiled attempt to establish a federal database of voters which could then be forced off the rolls based on Kobach’s flawed software that purportedly identifies people who have voted more than once in the same election. In reality, it merely finds people with the same or even similar names and concludes they have committed voter fraud. It has a 99% failure rate.

Secretary Kobach is an attorney of record for the Immigration Reform Law Institute, the legal and lobbying arm of the Federation for American Immigration Reform. The Southern Poverty Law Center says “FAIR leaders have ties to white supremacist groups and eugenicists and have made many racist statements. Its advertisements have been rejected because of racist content. FAIR’s founder, John Tanton, has expressed his wish that America remain a majority-white population: a goal to be achieved, presumably, by limiting the number of nonwhites who enter the country. One of the group’s main goals is upending the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which ended a decades-long, racist quota system that limited immigration mostly to northern Europeans. FAIR President Dan Stein has called the Act a ‘mistake.'”

On Tuesday The Kansas City Star reported Kobach bragged that the highly-controversial question Trump is adding to the U.S. Census was his idea.

Adding the question is guaranteed to reduce the number of people – especially immigrants – who will respond to the Census, mostly out of fear. The Census is not merely a count of the number of people who live in any given area, it is also used to determine federal funding for those areas, and even affects congressional districts. In theory, a state – say, California – could lose one or more congressional districts if enough people don’t respond.

“I won’t go into exact detail, but I raised the issue with the president shortly after he was inaugurated,” Kobach said. “I wanted to make sure the president was well aware.”

Well aware of what? Kobach didn’t say.
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Ivanka Trump Is ‘In Trouble’ Whether She Testifies or Not: Former Aide

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Ivanka Trump will “get herself in more trouble” as the Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol probes her actions as a senior White House advisor.

“This morning, former President Trump kind of whining about the January 6th select committee after it asked his daughter Ivanka to speak with them,” CNN’s John Berman reported.

Berman noted Trump told the Washington Examiner, “It’s a very unfair situation for my children. Very, very unfair.”

For analysis, he interviewed Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former close friend of Melania Trump who worked on the 2017 inauguration and as a senior advisor to the first lady.

READ MORE: Ivanka Trump falling under scrutiny shows ‘puzzle pieces coming together’ in Jan. 6 probe

“Ivanka and his children have always played a large part in the falsification and fabrication of everything going on around Donald,” she said.

“And in this case, he is referring to her as a child, where in other cases she’s a senior adviser inside the White House. Which one is it?” Berman asked.

“You know, I think whatever plays best to which discussion you’re having or what role Ivanka wants to play, you can’t have it both ways,” he replied. “This time, unfortunately, it is going to catch up to them.”

“This is an insurrection, a coup attempt, this is something with a lot of evidence behind it. I mean, I always say, if things are in black and white, the truth will catch up to you and there is no way for Ivanka to distance herself from this with her role in the White House,” she explained.

“Do you think if she speaks to them voluntarily she will help her cause or get herself in more trouble?” Berman asked.

“I think Ivanka will get herself in more trouble regardless of whether she speaks or not,” she replied. “She doesn’t seem to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth, whether under deposition or not. Either way, she is not turning against her father and her father is definitely not going to take the blame for Ivanka.”

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Trump Instructed Michael Cohen to Make Sure Don Jr. Went to Jail Instead of Ivanka

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According to a report from Business Insider, Michael Cohen admitted on Saturday that Donald Trump instructed him in 2012 to make sure that Don Trump Jr. be the one to take the fall instead of Ivanka Trump during an investigation by Manhattan’s district attorney into lying about property sales.

In an interview with MSNBC’s Alex Witt, Cohen recalled that the former president was concerned about Ivanka’s well-being if she was sentenced to jail and that Don Jr. would handle it better.

According to the report, Cohen told the MSNBC host, “You may recall that there was the district attorney’s case here for Trump Soho where it was either Don or Ivanka was in very big trouble as a result of lying about the number of units that had been sold.”

RELATED: ’She took that West Wing office!’: Ivanka Trump blasted for trying to ‘blow off’ Jan. 6 probe

“And Donald said it to me – I mean I wouldn’t say it if it wasn’t said directly to me – he goes ‘if one or the other has to go to prison, make sure that it’s Don because Don would be able to handle it, ” he continued.

Cohen later said that he doesn’t expect Ivanka to willingly appear before the House committee investigating the Jan 6th insurrection and claimed the first daughter would likely plead the 5th before explaining, “Ivanka is only interested in Ivanka.”

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Revealed: GOP Officials Made Damning Admissions Before Signing Forged Election Documents

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Some of the Republican officials who signed phony electoral certificates made damning admissions to a reporter in the days after Donald Trump lost the presidential election.

The House select committee is investigating efforts by state-level Republicans, overseen by Rudy Giuliani and other Trump campaign officials, to send “alternate” slates of electors to Congress, and those GOP officials told Politico’s Kyle Cheney they understood what they were doing was probably against the law.

“What I might want to do can be completely different from what we are legally capable of doing, does that make sense?” Michigan GOP elector Meshawn Maddock told Cheney by email in November 2020.

However, Maddock — who’s now co-chair of the Michigan Republican Party — ultimately joined other Michigan Republicans who signed the unofficial certificates, and a Georgia elector also suggested that she knew the scheme was sketchy.

READ: Republican who signed forged 2020 certification ran Russian-style troll farm that paid teens to post pro-Trump propaganda

“Bahahaha you think I’m going to respond to you?” Georgia GOP elector Cathy Latham told Cheney by email in late 2020. “You don’t know GA law. Read the Constitution.”

However, when pressed, Latham admitted she would go along with the scheme.

“I am [a] Republican elector for Trump,” Latham said. “I serve at the pleasure of the President and the GAGOP. I will serve when called and directed to cast my vote for Trump.”

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