DOJ’s top election crimes prosecutor quits in protest after Barr tells federal attorneys to probe unsupported allegations of voting irregularities

Richard Pilger, Director of Electoral Crimes at the Ministry of Justice, has informed his colleagues by email that the Attorney General is issuing an important new directive, which reverses a 40-year policy of non-interference in the investigation of ballot box fraud, which has now been confirmed and is no longer being challenged. Pilger also sent a message to his colleagues in his letter of resignation.

Pilger’s letter of resignation did not clearly indicate whether he intended to remain in the department in any other capacity.

Mr Barr’s well-written memorandum indicated to prosecutors that during the period when they would normally need the consent of the Election Crimes Department, they could carry out investigative activities, such as questioning witnesses. It is not clear what the practical consequences of this policy will be in the elections when President Donald Trump succeeds President Joe Biden, who was elected in several important states with tens of thousands of votes.

M. Barr did not point out that the Ministry of Justice had presented any evidence to support Mr Trump’s statement regarding last week’s mass voter fraud.

In his Blue Note, Mr Barr noted that while most allegations of election irregularities are of such magnitude that they do not affect the outcome of the elections and can therefore reasonably be postponed, this is not always the case.

Moreover, the fear that secret acts of the ministry could unintentionally influence the course of the election has been greatly reduced after the election, if at all, even if the certification of the election has not yet been completed, he writes.

Mr Barr’s letter to the prosecutors broke an embarrassing day’s silence as Mr Trump and his campaign lawyers held press conferences and launched prosecutions that contained no evidence of widespread fraud. Trump’s accusations of voting irregularities explain why he is behind in the states where he should have been re-elected and refused to admit defeat to President-elect Joe Biden.

An official from the Ministry of Justice stated that nobody asked or ordered Mr Barr to hand over his note.

The purpose of this note is unclear, as prosecutors are already aware of their responsibility in investigating electoral fraud and other irregularities. But it could be pointed out to the President that Mr Barr and the Ministry of Justice are working to find evidence that Mr Trump and his campaign have not yet delivered.

That’s what Barr told the D.A.’s office Monday in his note: I authorize you, as I have done in some cases, to make substantial allegations about the casting of votes and the counting of irregularities in some cases before confirming the results of the elections in your jurisdiction.

While serious allegations of electoral fraud should be treated with great caution, speculative, bizarre or far-fetched allegations should not form the basis of a federal investigation, Barr writes.

In recent weeks, some judicial officials have described Barra as obsessed with electoral fraud. He repeatedly enquired about the prosecution’s efforts to find signs of fraud, according to judicial officials. She also asked about the possibility of sending federal staff to polling stations, although she was informed that federal law prohibits the sending of armed federal staff to protect polling stations.

This story and its title were updated on Monday with additional events.

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