Federal prosecutors resist, tell Barr to drop his efforts to find election fraud that doesn’t exist

That memorandum led to the resignation of Election Crimes head Richard Pilger, who wrote in a memo announcing his resignation that he did so after “having familiarized myself with the new policy and its ramifications.” Prior to Barr’s memo, “overt” investigations into elections were barred until the the election had been concluded and certified. Barr was trying to get prosecutors involved while ballots were being counted. The Washington Post reports that the prosecutors told Barr in a letter that his order early this week “thrusts career prosecutors into partisan politics.”

They wrote that in their jurisdictions, there was no evidence of the kind of fraud Barr had called out in his order. “The policy change was not based in fact,” the assistant U.S. attorneys wrote in their letter. It was signed by “Assistant U.S. Attorneys in 15 different federal court districts: Western Pennsylvania, Western North Carolina, New Mexico, Maryland, Southern Ohio, Eastern Kentucky, Southern Iowa, Western Arkansas, Southern New York, Eastern New York, Oregon, Kansas, Northern California, the Virgin Islands and the Northern Marianna Islands. Two signers were from Oregon.”

This follows the statement released Thursday by a group of federal, state, and local elections officials that flatly stated the election “was the most secure in American history” and that “there is no evidence” any voting systems were compromised. At any level, foreign, domestic, in hardware or software failure or human interference. “While we know there are many unfounded claims and opportunities for misinformation about the process of our elections, we can assure you we have the utmost confidence in the security and integrity of our elections, and you should, too,” the officials said. “When you have questions, turn to elections officials as trusted voices as they administer elections.”

Federal prosecutors resist, tell Barr to drop his efforts to find election fraud that doesn’t exist