Joe Biden’s campaign on Tuesday dismissed Attorney General Bill Barr’s probe authorizing federal prosecutors to investigate allegations of “voting irregularities” in the 2020 election, calling it a “clumsy and cynical partisan political scheme.”
“It is deeply unfortunate that the Attorney General Barr chose to issue a memorandum that will only fuel the ‘specious, speculative, fanciful or far-fetched claims’ he professes to guard against,” said Bob Bauer, a senior Biden campaign attorney.
“Those are the very kind of claims that the president and his lawyers are making unsuccessfully every day, as their lawsuits are laughed out of one court after another,” he went on.
“But, in the end, American democracy is stronger than any clumsy and cynical partisan political scheme,” Bauer said.
On Monday evening, Barr, the nation’s top law enforcement official, said Justice Department prosecutors could investigate specific allegations of voter fraud before the election results are certified in December.
The memo injects the DOJ in the US election, prompting potential charges of partisanship, but Barr stressed that “specious, speculative, fanciful or far-fetched claims should not be a basis for initiating federal inquiries.”
President Trump, his associates, and Republicans have made broad allegations of fraud, claiming the election was stolen from them and have filed a flurry of litigation in several swing states.
Those lawsuits have had varying degrees of success as Trump refuses to concede the election.