Prosecutors tell AG William Barr ‘no evidence of widespread fraud, ballot issues’
Sixteen federal presecutors monitoring voting sent letter asking Barr to rescind memorandum
(ABC News) —Sixteen federal prosecutors tapped by leadership at the Justice Department to monitor voting in last week’s presidential election have sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr making clear that they have seen no evidence to substantiate claims that voting tallies have been marred by widespread fraud or other ballot issues, two sources familiar with the matter told ABC News.
In their letter, the federal prosecutors — career assistant U.S. attorneys from more than a dozen states across the country — called for Barr to rescind a memorandum he sent earlier this week telling Justice Department attorneys to launch election-related investigations if they suspect significant irregularities, the sources said.
“We disagree with [your] argument that the impact of taking overt investigative and prosecutorial actions on the outcome of an election is greatly minimized after voting ends but before certification occurs,” the letter to Barr said, adding that Barr’s memorandum “thrusts career prosecutors into partisan politics.”
The letter was signed by assistant U.S. attorneys in Arkansas, California, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania and elsewhere.
In recent days, President Donald Trump has alleged without evidence that if only legally cast ballots were counted, he would easily be declared the winner of last week’s election.
But in his memorandum to U.S. attorneys’ offices earlier this week, Barr wrote that “[n]othing here should be taken as any indication that the Department has concluded that voting irregularities have impacted the outcome of any election.”
A Justice Department spokeswoman insisted that line means that what the federal prosecutors wrote to Barr “can obviously coexist” with what Barr’s memorandum laid out.