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US Justice Minister Bill Barr has agreed to investigate possible irregularities in the November 3 ballot. Vote which Donald Trump assures us that it was tainted with “fraud”, without providing any evidence.

US Justice Minister Bill Barr has agreed to investigate possible irregularities in the November 3 ballot. Vote which Donald Trump assures us that it was tainted with “fraud”, without providing any evidence.

(AFP) – Just days after the official victory of candidate Joe Biden, Donald Trump has still not digested his defeat. And intends to concretize his threats to resort to justice. On Tuesday, the United States Minister of Justice Bill Barr, one of the ministers most loyal to the outgoing president, gave the green light Monday to the opening of investigations into possible irregularities during the presidential election, of which Trump assures him that it was tainted with “fraud”, without providing any evidence.

In a letter addressed to the federal prosecutors of the country, the Ministry of Justice thus authorizes “to investigate substantial allegations of irregularities concerning the votes or the counting of ballots before the certification of the elections in your jurisdictions, in certain cases”. “Such investigations can be carried out if there are clear and potentially credible allegations of irregularities which, if proven, could potentially have an impact on the outcome of a federal election in a state,” he adds. .

Following Barr’s order, the head of the electoral crimes department, which oversees fraud investigations, announced his resignation, according to several national media. Richard Pilger explained his decision in an email sent to his team, explaining that, “after studying the new rules and their ramifications, I unfortunately have to resign my post”, according to the New York Times.

Investigations into electoral fraud are normally the responsibility of each state, which establishes and monitors its own electoral rules. And the US Department of Justice usually does not intervene in such a situation until the vote counts are certified and the recounts are completed.

Donald Trump’s campaign team is waging legal battles in several states won on the wire by Joe Biden – Pennsylvania and Nevada in the lead – in an attempt to challenge their results. These efforts are notably led by the sons of the outgoing president, who relay allegations of electoral fraud and irregularities, without supporting evidence.

“If serious allegations must be treated with great care, speculative, fanciful or far-fetched claims should not be used as a basis for the opening of federal investigations”, warned the Minister of Justice. Camp Donald Trump’s efforts are unlikely to be successful, with many local officials challenging the campaign to provide evidence for the fraud allegations.


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