The Trump administration has launched a number of lawsuits in states like Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Nevada based on reports and evidence of election irregularities.
After dozens of GOP lawmakers requested that Attorney General Bill Barr step into the fray and investigate these irregularities, Barr obliged and issued a memo to federal law enforcement agencies ordering them 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.”
GOP rises up
39 House Republicans sent a letter to Barr on Friday requesting that he step in and protect the integrity of the US elections process amid claims that Democrats are attempting to steal the presidential election.
“While each state runs its own election process, the United States Department of Justice is ultimately responsible for the integrity of federal elections. The American people must have the utmost confidence that the outcome of the presidential election is legitimate,” reads the letter.
Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), a co-signer on the letter, tweeted a copy of the petition, writing:
I’ve joined 38 of my colleagues in writing a letter to AG Bill Barr requesting he investigate claims of voter fraud and make sure only all legal votes are counted in this election.
The American people need to have confidence that the outcome of this election is legitimate!!
The signatories argued that Barr has a responsibility to provide answers as to his plan to use federal resources to protect “the integrity of the voting and counting process” and “commit to using all the resources at your disposal to ensure that only legal votes are being counted and being counted in a fully transparent manner immediately.”
Barr’s memo did not directly address the questions and requests brought by the GOP coalition’s letter but did indicate that Barr will no longer stand idly by as Trump fights to preserve the integrity of the US elections process.
Barr addressed the memo to U.S. Attorneys, the assistant attorneys general for the DOJ’s criminal division, civil rights division, the national security division, and the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Christopher Wray, directing them to pursue investigations of voter fraud allegations and tabulation irregularities.
The 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,” Barr wrote in the memo.
“Given that 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 in certain cases, as I have already done in specific instances,” Barr continued.
US Attorneys may now “conduct inquiries and investigations as they deem appropriate … so as to assess whether available evidence warrants further investigative steps,” per Barr’s memo.
“The American people and the leaders they freely elect deserve nothing less,” Barr concluded.