The U.S. Attorney General, William Barr, on Monday authorized all federal prosecutors of the Justice Department to initiate investigations into allegations of irregularities that would have been committed during the past presidential campaigns, despite the scarce evidence of fraud.
Barr has explained through a letter that such investigations can be carried out as long as there are “clear and apparently credible allegations” of those alleged irregularities that, “if true, could potentially affect the outcome” in any particular state, according to the newspaper ‘USA Today’.
While Barr has not pointed out any irregularities in the text he has sent to prosecutors, he has asked that if any investigation is initiated, it be conducted “with appropriate caution” and with the Department of Justice’s “absolute commitment to neutrality.
The first consequence of these words has been the resignation of the main prosecutor of electoral crimes of the Department of Justice, Richard Pilger, who has warned that Barr would be, with his letter, repealing “the policies of non-interference” that for 40 years have governed “the investigations of electoral fraud”.
Pilger has sent an email to his colleagues in the department, informing CNN whether he will continue to play a different role, as the head of the section in charge of investigating possible electoral crimes.
Barr has been another of the figures in the Republican environment who did not spare during the electoral period in attacks against the vote by mail, the main argument used by the still president of the United States, Donald Trump, and some of his most faithful allies, to denounce fraud in the elections.
A theory that is not shared even by a large part of the Republican Party, beyond a few unconditional ones, since there are no solid arguments that this “great massive fraud” took place, which Trump came out to denounce after the first results were published.
Among those who support Trump’s attempts to reverse this situation are two of his sons, Eric and Donald Trump Jr. as well as the leading Republican representative in the U.S. Senate, Mitch McConnell, for whom the remaining tenant of the White House “has every right to examine the allegations of wrongdoing and weigh his legal options.
Generally, prosecutors can only act once the final results are available, a situation that could still take several days, or even weeks, as states have until December 8 to make them officially public.