Barr authorizes DOJ to investigate allegations of voter fraud

Attorney General William Barr has authorized Justice Department officials to initiate investigations into potential irregularities in the presidential election, while admitting there is no conclusive evidence. Barr issued a memo Monday evening authorizing US lawyers across the country, as well as his senior lieutenants, to “pursue substantive allegations of voting irregularities and vote tabulation prior to certification of elections in your jurisdictions in certain cases.” . “While serious allegations should be treated with great care, specious, speculative, fanciful or far-fetched claims should not be a basis for launching federal investigations,” Barr wrote. “Nothing here should be taken as an indication that the ministry concluded that voting irregularities had an impact on the outcome of any election.” After the memo was released, Richard Pilger, who headed the Justice Department’s electoral crimes section, resigned that post on Monday evening. His decision was reported by The New York Times and confirmed by his email announcing it, which was tweeted by Vanita Gupta, who headed the department’s civil rights division under President Barack Obama In the email, Pilger said that he was resigning due to Barr’s new policy “Repealed the 40-year-old non-interference policy for the investigation of electoral fraud in the run-up to elections becoming certified uncontested.” Barr has been one of President Donald Trump’s strongest and most aggressive supporters, and his message comes as Trump and his legal team so far make unsubstantiated allegations of widespread voter fraud. A Justice Department official said neither Trump nor anyone in the White House had asked Barr to take action, although some Republican lawmakers urged him to intervene. Ahead of the election, Barr had echoed Trump’s unsubstantiated claims that the widespread use of postal ballots was prone to fraud, including ballots that could be cast by foreign opponents seeking to influence the elections. But the attorney general had been silent in the days just before and after last week’s election, until now. Bob Bauer, one of the top lawyers in the Biden campaign, responded in a statement that “It is deeply regrettable that Attorney General Barr has chosen to issue a memorandum that will only fuel speculative, speculative claims , fancy or wacky, ” he professes to guard against. These are the kinds of claims the president and his lawyers unsuccessfully make every day, as their lawsuits come under fire from court to court. Barr said that by allowing investigations he violated ministry policies, which he said require consultation with agency public integrity officials in some cases. He argued time was running out. because these officials generally believe that overt investigative steps should not be taken until the election result is concluded. This “has never been a hard and fast rule,” he said, and “such a passive approach and delayed law enforcement can lead to situations in which electoral misconduct cannot realistically be corrected. “Barr said it” would probably be prudent to open any election-related matters in connection with ‘a preliminary investigation, to assess whether the available evidence warrants further investigative steps. “After her announcement, Gupta tweeted:” Let’s be clear – this is disruption, misinformation and wreaking havoc. ” “Trump is furious, demanding that all ‘his’ lawyers act,” she wrote. “They have no proof, so they will push the PR. It doesn’t change the result. Earlier Monday, Barr met with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Capitol Hill. Barr left without commenting to reporters when asked what they had discussed and if it related to election inquiries. Afterward, in the Senate, McConnell defended Trump’s right to challenge the vote count in pivotal states. “We have the system in place to address concerns, and President Trump is 100% within his rights to review allegations of wrongdoing and weigh his legal options,” McConnell said. The Justice Department official declined to say whether Barr was discussing his plan to allow vote polls with McConnell. Subscribe to our YouTube channel: Bloomberg Quicktake brings you live global news and original programming covering business, technology, politics and culture. Make sense of the stories that change your business and your world. To watch full coverage on Bloomberg Quicktake 24/7, visit or watch on Apple TV, Roku, Samsung Smart TV, Fire TV, and Android TV on the Bloomberg app. Connect with us on… YouTube: Latest news on YouTube: Twitter: Facebook: Instagram:

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