On Monday, US Attorney General William Barr authorized the Department of Justice to investigate the Trump campaign’s claim that there were voting “irregularities” at multiple polling places across the country. The campaign has threatened to file lawsuits in Arizona, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Georgia to contest the results.
One of the primary claims made by the campaign is that Republican observers weren’t given access to the polls to confirm that everything was being counted correctly. The campaign also suggested that fake mail-in ballots were used by the Democrats.
Barr sent out a memo to other senior US officials saying that, “now that the voting has concluded, it is imperative that the American people can trust that our elections were conducted in such a way that the outcomes accurately reflect the will of the voters.”
Barr’s involvement has sparked criticism because it is typically frowned upon for the DOJ to involve themselves with elections investigations at this point in the process. However, Barr took issue with these rules and specifically mentioned them in his memo, saying that the “practice has never been a hard and fast rule.”
“Such a passive and delayed enforcement approach can result in situations in which election misconduct cannot realistically be rectified,” Barr wrote.
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Democrats have insisted that there is currently no evidence to warrant an investigation, while conservatives insist that an investigation is needed to uncover the evidence.
In a press conference on Monday night, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters that “This election is not over, far from it.”
She went on to express that the president is not backing down on his claims of election fraud and will continue his legal challenges despite push back from the media and from key allies. Other members of the GOP have been at odds about Trump’s decision to contest the election.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham is one of the few GOP officials that is still urging Trump to contest the election results.
Graham said that Trump should not concede the election, because if he does, the Republicans will “never” be able to elect another president from their party again. Graham also called for a change to the election rules.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has given mixed statements since the election last week, at one point telling Trump that it was time to step down, but more recently making a statement that Trump is entirely justified in his legal challenges against the election results.
William Barr became attorney general for the second time in 2019. During his ongoing term, he has received criticism from some for his handling of several challenges, including his summary and selective redaction of the Mueller report, interventions in the guilty convictions and sentences of former advisors to President Trump, Roger Stone, and Michael Flynn, and allegations of political interference in the removal of Geoffrey Berman from his Southern District of New York attorney position.
The following document shows the Attorney General’s memo.