Attorney General Bill Barr has finally signaled the Department of Justice to investigate any “substantial allegations” of voter fraud into the 2020 election, as reported by The Hill.
Barr said that a probe “may be conducted if there are clear and apparently-credible allegations of irregularities that, if true, could potentially impact the outcome of a federal election in an individual State.”
The Hill said:
Barr also said in his memo that “nothing here should be taken as any indication that the Department has concluded that voting irregularities have impacted the outcome of any election,” but added “such inquiries and reviews may be conducted if there are clear and apparently-credible allegations of irregularities that, if true, could potentially impact the outcome of a federal election in an individual state.”
On Saturday, major news outlets have declared Democratic candidate Joe Biden as the presidential election winner, which President Donald Trump said he will not accept until there is an investigation into a voter fraud in some states.
The Hill also reported:
The Trump campaign has filed lawsuits in several key battleground states that Biden won, asking local judges to either invalidate or stop counting mail-in ballots, a record number of which were cast this year amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Some Republicans have backed Trump’s claims of voter fraud or his right to challenge the count, while others have moved on to congratulating Biden on winning the White House.
Barr, who has been repeatedly criticized for politicizing the Justice Department under Trump, reportedly met with McConnell on Monday.
Top Trump campaign officials have indicated they are willing to appeal state court decisions that do not go in their favor all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary.
The campaign accuses local election officials of not allowing their representatives to watch vote counts and claiming illegal votes were cast in states including Michigan, Nevada and Pennsylvania.