Attorney General William Barr has authorized federal prosecutors across the U.S. to pursue “substantial allegations” of voting irregularities before the 2020 presidential election is certified, despite little evidence of fraud.
Barr’s action comes days after Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump and raises the prospect that Trump will use the Justice Department to try to challenge the outcome. It gives prosecutors the ability to go around longstanding Justice Department policy that normally would prohibit such overt actions before the election is formally certified.
Trump has not conceded the election and is instead claiming without evidence that there has been a widespread, multi-state conspiracy by Democrats to skew the vote tally in Biden’s favor.
Why is Mitch McConnell meeting with Bill Barr? https://t.co/yknA2BmGsg
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) November 9, 2020
Bill Barr is here. Leaving the Capitol after a meeting w @senatemajldr pic.twitter.com/MHFZ3CPB3X
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) November 9, 2020
Bill Barr is once again using the DOJ as a political weapon because he sees himself not as the Attorney General for the American people but as the personal henchman for Donald Trump. It’s a disgrace—and yet another reason he needs to go. https://t.co/wvRpORtHf7
— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) November 10, 2020