Washington DC has been at a bit of an awkward standstill in recent days, as President Trump continues to refuse to concede the election to former Vice President Joe Biden, who the Associated Press has declared the winner of the contest.
Trump has repeatedly stated that he was “won” the election – a claim that has drawn a flagged warning on Twitter.
In an effort to prove his claims of victory, Donald Trump has now authorized the Department of Justice to get involved.
The investigations were disclosed after Attorney General William Barr, in a memo, authorized federal prosecutors to probe “specific” claims of voter fraud even before the election results of the race between President Donald Trump and President-elect Joe Biden are certified.
Barr’s Justice Department is eyeing GOP claims that ineligible voters cast ballots in Nevada, and that there was backdating of mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania, a department source told NBC News.
Not everyone at the DOJ was enthused about the idea, however.
After Barr’s memo, issued Monday, the head of the DOJ division that prosecutes election crimes resigned, in apparent disagreement with the new policy and its ramifications. The official, Richard Pilger, will continue to work within the DOJ.
Several of the legal challenges already put forth by President Trump have been swatted down by local judges and other authorities.
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