Justice lawyer quits after attorney general orders ‘vote fraud’ inquiries

Justice lawyer quits after attorney general orders 'vote fraud' inquiries
Mr Barr warned against investigating "fanciful" claims. Source: EPA
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Daily US Times: US attorney general William Barr has allowed prosecutors to probe alleged irregularities in the election. ‍A senior justice department official Richard Pilger quits in these circumstances.

The official would have overseen such investigations. He quits just a day after President Trump fired his Defence Secretary Mark Esper

Any such cases would normally be the remit of individual states, but the Attorney General said this was not a hard and fast rule.

President Donald Trump refuses to accept Joe Biden’s projected victory and has repeatedly making fraud claims without providing any prove.

The Trump campaign is seeking an emergency injunction in the state of Pennsylvania to prevent Mr Biden’s victory being certified in the state.

The president-elect’s projected win there on Saturday took him over the threshold of 270 electoral college votes needed to secure the White House.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany vowed the legal battle to contest Mr Biden’s victory was only just beginning.

“This election is not over, Far from it,” she said at a press conference.

William Barr wrote that inquiries could be made by federal prosecutors “if there are clear and apparently-credible allegations of irregularities that, if true, could potentially impact the outcome of a federal election in an individual State”.

The Justice Department would normally only go beyond preliminary investigations after an election had been concluded and the results certified, but AG Barr said this could result in situations where “misconduct cannot realistically be rectified.”

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