BARR ASKS PROSECUTORS TO PROBE ‘SUBSTANTIAL CLAIMS’ OF VOTE FRAUD
Attorney General William Barr has authorized federal prosecutors across the US to pursue “substantial allegations” of voting irregularities, if they exist, before the 2020 presidential election is certified, despite little evidence of fraud, Michael Balsamo reported for the Associated Press (AP).
However, wrote Sarah Lynch for Reuters, Barr urged them not to chase claims that were “fanciful or far-fetched,” according to a letter he sent to prosecutors that was seen by Reuters.
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 even after courts in Nevada, Arizona, Michigan and Pennsylvania dismissed Trump’s lawsuits for not having a sliver of evidence to back up his claims state and national conspiracy to steal the election from him. Biden leads Trump by 4.4 million in the popular vote, with only Georgia, Alaska, North Carolina and Arizona yet to complete the tally. Pennsylvania and Nevada have opted for Biden, with the remaining ballots not enough to overcome Biden’s lead. There is practically no way for Trump to win since Biden already has 279 Electoral College votes to his 214.
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. Biden holds a sizable lead in multiple battleground states and there has been no indication of enough improperly counted or illegally cast votes that would shift the outcome. In fact, election officials from both political parties have publicly stated the election went well, though there have been minor issues that are typical in elections, including voting machines breaking and ballots that were miscast and lost.