Biden campaign dismisses AG Barr’s probe of 2020 election

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.



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