Rather than leave everything up to local law enforcement officials with questionable loyalties in partisan cities, the DOJ is stepping in to add another layer of enforcement.
Yes, we know all the obvious ‘fool me once’ issues that will arise in this with respect to other investigations we were told to expect answers from — Durham in particular — but this is also the same DOJ that found creative ways to put some of the rioters in Portland and Seattle behind bars under Federal law facing real charges, where the locals couldn’t default to their usual game of catch-and-release so they could continue the rioting.
He is turning his attention to election fraud and (depending on the reliability of the individual investigators) this is the sort of investigation that really could either make or break a Republic. (‘If you can keep it.’)
The memo was addressed and signed from Barr to U.S. Attorneys, the assistant attorneys general for the DOJ’s criminal division, civil rights division, the national security division, and the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Christopher Wray.
“Now that the voting has concluded, it is imperative that the American people can trust that our elections were conducted in such a way that the outcomes accurately reflect the will of the voters,” the memo read.
Barr’s memo comes after 39 House Republicans pressed Barr in a letter on Friday to allow available DOJ resources to look into allegations of voting irregularities across the country in several key battleground states. The Trump campaign has filed a number of lawsuits in some of those states.
Barr said in his memo that, although the states have the primary responsibility to conduct and supervise elections, the DOJ has “an obligation to ensure that federal elections are conducted in such a way that the American people can have full confidence in their electoral process and their government.”
…He also said he has already authorized the DOJ to pursue substantial allegations of voting and voting tabulation irregularities in specific instances.
“Given this, and given that voting in our current elections has now concluded, I authorize you to pursue substantial allegations of voting and vote tabulation irregularities prior to the certification of elections in your jurisdictions in certain cases, as I have already done in specific instances,” he said.
He said inquiries and reviews may be conducted if there are clear and apparently-credible allegations of irregularities that, if true, could potentially impact the outcome of a federal election in an individual state.
“While U.S. Attorneys maintain their inherent authority to conduct inquiries and investigations as they deem appropriate, it will likely be prudent to commence any election-related matters as a preliminary inquiry, so as to assess whether available evidence warrants further investigative steps,” he said.
He also urged for the DOJ to exercise “great care and judgment’ and not launch inquiries on “specious, speculative, fanciful or far-fetched claims.” –Breitbart
Admittedly, the mention of useless Christopher Wray’s name is enough to make one shudder a little, but if nothing else, there is (potentially) more than one set of eyes looking at the situation, and therefore a greater likelihood of accountability.
The stakes are high. If voter fraud DID occur — and it succeeds?
There’s an old saying. ‘That which is rewarded, gets repeated.’
It’s just as true of illicit political interference as it is of anything else.