Attorney General Barr paves way for prosecutors to investigate claims of voter fraud
Attorney General William Barr ordered an investigation of election fraud
The head of the department of the Ministry of Justice, engaged in the investigation of crimes in the electoral sphere, announced his resignation
US Attorney General William Barr on Monday authorized federal prosecutors to launch investigations into “material allegations of voting and counting irregularities,” while urging prosecutors not to pursue claims that were “far-fetched or exaggerated,” according to a letter shared with the agency Reuters.
Richard Pilger, who served as director of the electoral crime unit at the Department of Justice for years, said in an internal email that he was stepping down after learning of the new policy and its implications..
President Trump’s campaign headquarters filed a federal lawsuit in an effort to prevent Pennsylvania from certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
The lawsuit, filed by the headquarters and two registered voters, alleges that the Pennsylvania mail-order system allegedly “lacked all the transparency and scrutiny that those who vote at a polling station go through.”.
The lawsuit alleges that the state violated the US constitution by creating an “illegal two-tier voting system” in which personal voting was subject to more scrutiny than mail-order voting..
President Trump, who for months has tried to sow doubts about the election results by claiming unsubstantiated fraud, has pledged to pursue a strategy of challenging the results of the will that he hopes will reverse the election results..
The Trump campaign and Republicans have filed numerous lawsuits since election day over alleged fraud. Judges in Georgia and Michigan have already refused to consider claims.
Some Republican lawmakers in the Pennsylvania legislature noted in a press release that they “are calling for a legislative audit of the 2020 election and requiring that election results are not confirmed until the audit is complete.”.
Edward Foley of the Ohio State University College of Law, who specializes in electoral law, says the Pennsylvania legislature cannot stop voting certification without changing the law.
“To do this, they will have to try to change state law, and it will be vetoed by the Democratic Governor of Pennsylvania,” Fowley said..
The lawsuit from Trump’s Pennsylvania campaign will be heard by District Judge Matthew Brann, who was appointed by former President Barack Obama.