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Kris Kobach, Donald Trump’s voter suppression vice chair, had to reply to a lawsuit on Thursday and in so doing offered up some new information about the commission he helps head and his quest for state data on every voter in the country. Here’s the most important part:

… the White House is using a website for data transfers operated by the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center. Once states upload data to that site, “commission staff will download … the files … onto White House computers. As this is a Presidential advisory commission, the White House is responsible for collecting and storing data for the Commission.”

Is the rationale that Russia wouldn’t bother hacking their puppet president, or that this way it’ll be easier to transmit the data straight to Putin?

The theory, as laid out in Trump’s executive order establishing the commission, had been that the General Services Administration would staff it and provide things like data storage, but apparently someone decided that the quest to find “proof” of Donald Trump’s view that he totally would have won the popular vote if it wasn’t for all those darned illegals should stay in-house. Nothing suspicious about that, eh?

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