US attorney general William Barr allows prosecutors to probe ‘allegations’ of voter fraud – us presidential election

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The letter to prosecutors marked the first time Barr addressed President Donald Trump’s repeated and unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud since final week’s election won by Democrat Joe Biden.
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Up to date: Nov 10, 2020, 06:29 IST



US Attorney General William Barr participates in a roundtable discussion approximately human trafficking at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., September 21, 2020. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage/Dossier Photo(REUTERS)

US Attorney General William Barr authorized federal prosecutors on Monday to pursue investigations into “substantial allegations of voting and vote tabulation irregularities,” while urging them not to chase “fanciful or far-fetched” claims.

The letter to prosecutors, which was once seen by Reuters, marked the first time Barr addressed President Donald Trump’s repeated and unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud since final week’s election won by Democrat Joe Biden.

It came several hours after Barr met with Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who earlier on Monday said Trump was once polite inside his rights to look into charges of “irregularities” in final week’s election.

“I authorize you to pursue substantial allegations of voting and vote tabulation irregularities prior to the certification of elections in your jurisdictions in sure cases, as I have already done in particular instances,” Barr wrote in the letter to federal prosecutors and the FBI.


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