The director of electoral crimes of the Department of Justice of the United States, Richard Pilger, has resigned this Monday night following the order of the attorney general, William Barr, to investigate an alleged fraud in the presidential elections, to which Donald Trump alludes without evidence since the election night. “Having become familiar with the new norm and its ramifications (…) unfortunately I must resign my position as director of the Division of Electoral Crimes,” Pilger announced in an internal communication leaked to the US media.
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Pilger also lamented that the attorney general’s order “repeals a 40-year rule of non-interference (federal) in electoral fraud investigations during the period prior to the certification of the elections.”
This resignation comes after the attorney general criticized the role of Pilger’s division on Monday and instructed all the Justice Department prosecutors to investigate alleged irregularities in the past presidential elections before the results are final. “I authorize to investigate substantive allegations of voting or tabulation irregularities prior to the certification of elections in their jurisdictions in certain cases, as I have already done in specific instances,” Barr said in a memo to his prosecutors. “Such investigations and reviews can be done if there are clear and apparently credible allegations of wrongdoing that, if true, could potentially affect the outcome of a federal election in a particular state,” he added.
Barr instructed prosecutors to dismiss complaints that do not affect the result
The president’s attorney general (Minister of Justice), Donald Trump, also instructed his prosecutors to discard complaints of cases that, if true, would not affect the final result, since these can be resumed once the results are certified. In the memo, Barr raised concerns about the existing protocols in the Department for such an investigation, which specifically state that they should not be activated until the results are official.
The attorney general considered these protocols, which Pilger alluded to in his resignation and which aim for the states and not the federal government to decide the elections, “passive and delayed,” and said that “they can give rise to situations in those that electoral misconduct cannot realistically be rectified. ”
Trump has filed more than a dozen lawsuits
With this order, Barr put federal prosecutors at the service of Trump’s strategy, who has not recognized his defeat in last week’s elections against the president-elect, Joe Biden, and denounces without evidence a large electoral fraud.
The campaign of the outgoing president and the Republican Party have filed more than a dozen lawsuits – some already withdrawn – in various states denouncing alleged irregularities, but even if these cases were true, they do not seem to be enough to reverse the result.
To win the election in the courts, Trump would have to turn the ballot in Pennsylvania, Georgia and Nevada or Arizona, all of them states in which Biden has already been declared the winner or is clearly leading the vote.