The nation’s chief law enforcement officer will allow a federal executive department to examine allegations of election fraud.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr will allow the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate complaints that the Democratic Party unlawfully used voting ballots in favor of Joe Biden at the latest general election held on Nov. 3.
“Given voting in our current elections has now concluded, I authorize you to pursue substantial allegations of voting and vote tabulation irregularities prior to the certification of elections in your jurisdictions, as I have already done in specific instances,” he said in a statement shared on Twitter. “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.”
As part of the process, investigators will begin recounting ballots, certifying election results, and conducting witness interviews without intervention from the DOJ public integrity section’s election crimes branch (ECB.) The measure promises to allow the work to be performed transparently and efficiently with minimal delays.
“A passive and delayed enforcement approach can result in situations in which election misconduct cannot realistically be rectified,” Barr said. “[Without interference from the ECB] any concerns that overt actions taken by the department could inadvertently impact an election are greatly minimized, if they exist at all, once voting has concluded—even if election certification has not yet been completed.”
Barr warned DOJ representatives to conduct their investigation with “absolute … fairness, neutrality and non-partisanship,” at all times.
“You are the most senior leaders in the U.S. Department of Justice, and I trust you to exercise great care and judgment in addressing allegations of voting and vote tabulation irregularities,” he said. “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 will also hold states and territories responsible for conducting and supervising the election as stated in the Constitution and various laws that have already been enacted by Congress.
“Now that the voting has concluded, it is imperative that the American people can trust that our elections were conducted in such a way that the outcomes accurately reflect the will of the voters,” he said. “[DOJ] has an obligation to ensure that federal elections are conducted in such a way that the American people can have full confidence in their electoral process and their government.”