Though the mainstream media has declared the 2020 presidential race a done deal and Democratic nominee Joe Biden the victor, a cloud of uncertainty remains over the results as President Donald Trump and his legal team pursue allegations of election fraud. Now, House Republicans want the attorney general to step in and do his part.
According to Fox News, more than two dozen House Republicans are urging Trump to instruct Bill Barr to appoint a special counsel who would be tasked with investigating reports of alleged fraud and irregularities in the 2020 election.
The Washington Examiner reports that the letter was authored by Republican Rep. Lance Gooden of Texas, who also sent a nearly identical letter on his own to the president. His second letter, however, was backed by several of his GOP colleagues in the lower chamber.
“A definitive resolution”
The underlying message of the letter to Trump couldn’t be more clear: the Department of Justice (DOJ), led by Attorney General Barr, appears to have not yet taken sufficient action to answer outstanding questions surrounding ballot fraud and election process irregularities in a number of states — and the American people deserve answers.
“The Department of Justice has been asked on multiple occasions to launch an investigation into this matter, but inaction from the Department along with public comments made by the Attorney General indicate a lack of willingness to investigate the irregularities your campaign and other elected officials across the nation have alleged,” read the letter to President Trump, which was obtained by both the Examiner and Fox News.
“The American people deserve a definitive resolution to the uncertainty hovering over the outcome of our election, but legitimate questions of voter fraud remain unanswered,” it added. A special counsel, Gooden said in the letter, “would establish a team of investigators whose sole responsibility is to uncover the truth and provide the certainty America needs.”
Writing on behalf of his colleagues, Gooden plainly urged Trump “to take swift and decisive action and direct Attorney General Barr to appoint a Special Counsel to restore the American people’s faith in our elections.”
A full and expeditious investigation
According to the Examiner, 22 House Republicans signed off on the letter, and “[f]ive others agreed to the letter but didn’t sign it.”
Reports noted, however, that the letter didn’t provide any further details regarding the “legitimate questions of voter fraud” that Republicans say have yet to be sufficiently addressed.
As to the appearance that Barr and the Justice Department have yet to take any substantial action and displayed a “lack of willingness to investigate,” that likely stems from a recent Associated Press report that was widely misconstrued by those in the mainstream media, who claimed that Barr had cast aside any and all allegations of fraud in the 2020 elections.
“To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election,” Barr told the AP.
In a subsequent statement to NBC News, a spokesperson for the DOJ sought to clarify:
Some media outlets have incorrectly reported that the Department has concluded its investigation of election fraud and announced an affirmative finding of no fraud in the election. That is not what the Associated Press reported nor what the Attorney General stated. […] The Department will continue to receive and vigorously pursue all specific and credible allegations of fraud as expeditiously as possible.