Appeals court ruling forces Kobach to testify

Appeals court ruling forces Kobach to testify
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A federal appeals court denied Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's request to get out of a deposition scheduled for Thursday to address voter registration proposals he brought to a November meeting with then-President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again.' Poll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden More than 6 in 10 expect Trump to be reelected: poll MORE, Politico reports. 

An order issued Wednesday by 10th Circuit Court of Appeals judges Timothy Tymkovich and Robert Bacharach, appointees of former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama respectively, rejected the plea, saying that Kobach's arguments did not necessitate court action.

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

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The court's response came less than five hours after Kobach filed the motion, Politico reported.

Kobach drew criticism for his proposed changes to the National Voter Registration Act, which he brought before Trump in a meeting following his election in November.

The Kansas state official now faces a deposition in a pending lawsuit in a Kansas City federal district court, challenging the Kansas law mandating that individuals provide proof of citizenship when registering to vote. 

Kobach previously turned over a memo from the meeting with Trump at the request of a federal judge.

Kobach is the vice chairman of the Trump administration's controversial election integrity commission, which recently requested from all 50 states and the District of Columbia detailed information on their registered voters.