Daily Beast: The Justice Department official who oversees voter-fraud claims reportedly quit his post just hours after Attorney General William Barr gave federal prosecutors the green light to investigate any “substantial allegations” of election irregularities.
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“Richard Pilger, a DoJ official who oversees investigations of voting crimes, stepped down … after Attorney General Bill Barr authorized U.S. attorneys to probe alleged elections fraud”https://t.co/j8vwkeoH6W
— Maajid أبو عمّار (@MaajidNawaz) November 10, 2020
Attorney General William Barr told federal prosecutors to look into any ‘substantial’ allegations of irregularities in #Election2020, prompting Richard Pilger, the top lawyer overseeing voter fraud investigations, to resign in protest https://t.co/lZHuk4HnHN
— Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) November 10, 2020
Richard Pilger, who works in the Public Integrity Section, told co-workers in an email that he would work on corruption prosecutions in a nonsupervisory capacity going forward, The New York Times reports.
We’re long past point resigning in protest, stand & resist, just be replaced by yes men “Mr. Barr’s authorization prompted the Justice Department official who oversees investigations of voter fraud, Richard Pilger, to step down from the post within hours,”https://t.co/YslIHrmFtq
— Clint Watts (@selectedwisdom) November 10, 2020
“Having familiarized myself with the new policy and its ramifications… I must regretfully resign from my role as director of the Election Crimes Branch,” he wrote in the email. Pilger stepped down soon after Barr issued a memo granting federal prosecutors permission to purse investigations into certain claims of voting irregularities—even before the results of the 2020 presidential election are certified.
Richard Pilger is a man with integrity. William Barr is a man with none. https://t.co/vnREtEuJSd
— Barbara Malmet (@B52Malmet) November 10, 2020
Barr’s memo stipulates that “apparently credible allegations of irregularities” may be looked into, but “specious, speculative, fanciful or far-fetched claims should not be a basis for initiating federal inquiries.”
The Federal Election Commission has said there was “no evidence of fraud,” despite President Trump’s many claims to the contrary.