Spokesman says Kobach not advising DHS; he expects role

United States President Donald J. Trump departs after making remarks at the first meeting of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, flanked by the Commissions Vice Chair Chris Kobach (left) and Chairman, US Vice President Mike Pence (right) at The White House in Washington, DC, July 19, 2017. Credit: Chris Kleponis / CNP - NO WIRE SERVICE - Photo by: Chris Kleponis/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security says Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is not advising the agency on election fraud issues.

But Kobach told The Kansas City Star on Monday that the White House has informed him that it wants him to work closely with President Donald Trump and his team.

He said his role is not formal and has not been fleshed out after Trump disbanded a commission on election fraud. Kobach was the commission's vice chairman.

Acting DHS spokesman Tyler Houlton told The AP in an email last week that Kobach was not advising the department. He told The Star on Monday that Kobach was not advising the agency formally or informally.

The White House said DHS would handle any future election fraud review.