Translated from La Estrella de Panama
The director of electoral crimes of the Department of Justice of the United States, Richard Pilger, resigned this Monday night after the order of the attorney general, William Barr, to investigate the alleged fraud in the presidential elections.
Richard Pilger Resigns
"Having become familiar with the new rule and its ramifications (...) unfortunately I must resign my position as director of the Electoral Crimes Division," Pilger announced in an internal communication leaked to the US media.
Pilger also regretted that Barr's order" repeals a rule of 40 years of non-interference (federal) in electoral fraud investigations during the period before the election certification period. "This resignation comes after Barr criticized the role of Pilger's division on Monday and instructed all prosecutors in the Department of Justice 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 conducted if there are clear and seemingly credible allegations of wrongdoing that, if true, could potentially affect the outcome of a federal election in a particular state," he added. 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 expressed concern 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. Barr considered these protocols, which Pilger alluded to in his resignation, and that they aim for the states and not the federal government to decide the elections, "passive and delayed," and said that "they can lead to situations in which electoral misconduct cannot be realistically rectified." 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 proof a large electoral fraud. 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 still The fact that those cases were true does not seem to be enough to reverse the result. To win the elections in the courts, Trump would have to turn the scrutiny in Pennsylvania, Georgia and Nevada or Arizona, all of them states in which Biden has already been declared the winner. or lead the scrutiny clearly.
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