He stated any allegations that will “clearly not influence the end result of a federal election” ought to be delayed till after these elections are licensed and prosecutors ought to seemingly open so-called preliminary inquiries, which might enable investigators and prosecutors to see if there’s proof that will enable them to take additional investigative measures.
Barr doesn’t determine any particular situations of purported fraud within the memo.
“Whereas it’s crucial that credible allegations be addressed in a well timed and efficient method, it’s equally crucial that Division personnel train acceptable warning and preserve the Division’s absolute dedication to equity, neutrality and non-partisanship,” Barr wrote.
States have till Dec. 8 to resolve election disputes, together with recounts and court docket contests over the outcomes. Members of the Electoral School meet Dec. 14 to finalize the end result.
Barr, a loyal ally of President Donald Trump, helped broadcast Trump’s claims of voter fraud earlier than the election, attacking mail-in voting as susceptible to undue affect and coercion, regardless of a number of research debunking the notion of pervasive voter fraud typically and within the vote-by-mail course of.
Usually, Justice Division coverage is “to not conduct overt investigations, together with interviews with particular person voters, till after the end result of the election allegedly affected by the fraud is licensed.”