The U.S. attorney who faced criticism for the September announcement of an investigation into discarded Pennsylvania ballots announced his resignation from the Justice Department on Tuesday, Dec. 29. 

“For the past three years, I have had the great fortune to work with the highly skilled attorneys and staff in the Middle District of Pennsylvania,” David Freed said in a statement, reported The Hill. “It is an office blessed with experienced and dedicated leaders and colleagues who truly understand the importance of working together for the benefit of their fellow citizens.”

Freed led the investigation into Luzerne County’s ballot handling after a county’s elections director’s request. He found nine military ballots had been “improperly opened” by staff and “discarded.” Seven of the nine votes that were not in their official envelopes were cast for President Trump. It’s unknown who the two sealed ones were for. 

Pennsylvania law rules that all mail-in ballots be securely stored until processing can begin on Election Day. 

President Trump had warned for months of voter fraud before the November election. Freed’s investigation was widely criticized as Democrats deemed that it would boost the president’s allegations. 

The president’s legal team and Pennsylvania Republicans have filed lawsuits in Pennsylvania seeking to decertify the state’s election results because of voter fraud, but non of the cases have been accepted. Pennsylvania was one of the seven states where the Republican Party had its own electors cast votes for President Trump.

Recently, a group of 17 Pennsylvania Republican legislators discovered 202,377 “more votes cast than voters voting,” when they compared the county data with the Nov. 3 State Uniform Register of Electors.

The huge discrepancy is more than double the 80,555 votes with which Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was certified as the winner of the state. 

“These numbers just don’t add up, and the alleged certification of Pennsylvania’s presidential election results was absolutely premature, unconfirmed, and in error,” the lawmakers said.

In a letter sent to Acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donohue on Tuesday, Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-Pa), who spearheaded a hearing on election integrity, detailed evidence of voting irregularities and electoral fraud that took place in the state during the 2020 election cycle. 

“Election fraud is real and prevalent in Pennsylvania. Yet, despite evidence, our Governor and State inexplicably refuse to investigate,” Mastriano wrote. “Every legal vote must count. Our Republic cannot long endure without free and fair election where each person has one legal vote. However, allegations of fraudulent activity, as well as violations of election law in 2020 have placed the nation’s eyes upon this Commonwealth.”

“Actions taken by the PA State Supreme Court and Secretary Bookvar in the 2020 general election were so fraught with inconsistencies, improprieties and irregularities that the results for the office of President of the United States cannot be determined in our state,” he added.