Appeals court won’t block Kobach deposition

A federal appeals court has turned down Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s emergency request to escape a deposition set for Thursday about voter registration proposals he took into a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump last November.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals offered no detailed reason for rejecting Kobach’s plea, but simply said his arguments did not meet the court’s standards to act.

"We conclude that Mr. Kobach has not made the necessary showing to obtain a stay pending appeal," the court said in an order Wednesday.

The order was issued by Judge Timothy Tymkovich, an appointee of President George W. Bush, and Judge Robert Bacharach, an appointee of President Barack Obama.

A spokeswoman for Kobach did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Denver-based appeals court acted less than five hours after Kobach filed the emergency motion.

Kobach is facing a deposition in connection with a lawsuit pending in federal district court in Kansas City, challenging the state’s law requiring proof of citizenship when individuals are seeking to register to vote. A federal judge already ordered Kobach to turn over a memo he took into the meeting with Trump in November at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Kobach is currently serving as vice chairman of a federal advisory panel Trump set up to explore strategies to combat voter fraud.

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