(The Center Square) – Attorney General William Barr has authorized federal prosecutors to “pursue substantial allegations” of voting irregularities, according to a leaked memo.
“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,” Barr wrote in the memo. “Such inquiries and reviews may be conducted 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.”
Of the claims, the Associated Press reported, “Attorney General William Barr has authorized federal prosecutors across the U.S. to pursue ‘substantial allegations’ of voting irregularities, if they exist, before the 2020 presidential election is certified, despite no evidence of widespread fraud.”
Democrats say there’s no evidence of widespread voter fraud.
Sworn affidavits have been filed attesting to voter fraud in Pennsylvania, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., says. Lawsuits over alleged fraud and or voting irregularities are ongoing in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
The memo warns DOJ personnel to “exercise appropriate caution” and “maintain the Department’s absolute commitment to fairness, neutrality, and non-partisanship.”
“You are the most senior leaders in the United States Department of Justice and I trust you to exercise great care and judgment in addressing allegations of voting and vote tabulation irregularities,” Barr wrote. “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.”
Barr says the purpose of the memo is to provide “authority and guidance to emphasize the need to timely and appropriately address allegations of voting irregularities so that all of the American people, regardless of their preferred candidate or party, can have full confidence in the results of our elections. The American people and the leaders they freely elect deserve nothing less.”
“This is playing with fire,” Barr said. “We’re a very closely divided country here and people have to have confidence in the results of the election and the legitimacy of the government. And people trying to change the rules to this methodology – which as a matter of logic is very open to fraud and coercion – is reckless and dangerous.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said President Donald Trump is “100 percent within his right” to pursue recounts and litigation.
“We have the tools and institutions we need to address any concerns,” McConnell, R-Kentucky, said. “The president has every right to look into allegations and request recounts under the law.”