Barr tells prosecutors to probe allegations of election irregularities

Barr tells prosecutors to probe allegations of election irregularities
U.S. Attorney General William Barr. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: On Monday, U.S. Attorney General William Barr told federal prosecutors to look into “substantial” allegations of voting fraud of irregularities but urged them not to pursue “fanciful or far-fetched claims.”

President Donald Trump’s campaign filed a lawsuit earlier in the day to block Pennsylvania officials from certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s state victory.

In the letter to federal prosecutors and the FBI director, Barr wrote: “I authorize you to pursue substantial allegations of voting and vote tabulation irregularities prior to the certification of elections in your jurisdictions in certain cases, as I have already done in specific instances.”

It is the first time the US Attorney General has addressed claims of voter fraud since the Nov. 3 election between Trump and Biden. The Democratic candidate captured the presidency on Saturday.

President Trump has repeatedly claimed that there was widespread voter fraud, without providing any evidence.

The Attorney General wrote in his letter: “While serious allegations should be handled with great care, specious, speculative, fanciful or far-fetched claims should not be a basis for initiating federal inquiries.”

He said nothing in his letter should be read to indicate the US Justice Department had in fact uncovered voting irregularities that impacted the outcome of the election.

The US president has not conceded the election to his opponent Joe Biden two days after the Democrat secured the 270 votes in the Electoral College needed to win, and the Republicans and the Trump campaign have brought numerous lawsuits over alleged election irregularities. Judges have already tossed cases in Michigan and Georgia.

The Trump campaign and two registered voters brought a lawsuit in federal court on Monday alleging Pennsylvania’s mail-in voting system violated the U.S. Constitution by creating “an illegal two-tiered voting system” where voting in-person was subject to more oversight than voting by mail.

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