On Monday, Attorney General William Barr authorized US lawyers to investigate voter fraud allegations in the 2020 national election. Interestingly, the DOJ Election Crimes Chief resigned only hours after the announcement.
According to CNN, Elections Crimes Branch Director Richard Pilger of DOJ Public Integrity Section announced to his colleagues on Monday that he will be stepping down from his post.
Pilger said the attorney general issued “an important new policy abrogating the forty-year-old Non-Interference Policy for ballot fraud investigations in the period before elections becoming certified and uncontested.”
President Trump raised several lawsuits on the allegations of voter fraud and irregularities prompting AG Barr to order the necessary investigations. The president still has not conceded to Biden in the presidential race albeit the latter’s premature declaration.
NBC reported Pilger wrote in his resignation letter that he was familiarized with the new policy and the corresponding ramifications, and has had John C. Keeney Award for Exceptional Integrity and Professionalism best tradition. Bauer added to regretfully resign as Director of the Election Crimes Branch.
The director has served in the Election Crimes Branch of the Department of Justice for a decade.
AG Barr said in his memo that credible allegations must be addressed in an effective and timely manner, it is equally crucial that Department personnel still “exercise appropriate caution, and maintain the Department’s absolute commitment to fairness, neutrality, and non-partisanship.”
AG Barr then noted prolonged concerns on mail-in and absentee voting which was widely promoted by the Dems amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“A bipartisan commission chaired by Jimmy Carter and James Baker said back in 2009 that mail-in voting is fraught with the risk of fraud and coercion,” said Barr.
Biden’s campaign lawyer, Bob Bauer, strikes back at the memo. He commented that Attorney General Barr’s actions were “deeply unfortunate,” adding that it would only stoke the “specious, speculative, fanciful or far-fetched claims he professes to guard against.”
The campaign lawyer argues that the president and his allied lawyers unsuccessfully back up the allegations every day. Bauer said that American democracy would still prevail over any “clumsy and cynical partisan political scheme.”