Editor: You likely know all of this news already. I started this post yesterday, but my internet went down again.
Surely you have heard this news from Monday reported here at Politico (Leftwingers) who suggest that Barr is not serious, but only making this move to appease the President and us.
By the way, it is often much more useful to read the other side’s media than ours sometimes.
Whatever the motive, his move forced the director of the DOJ Criminal Division’s Election Crimes Branch to resign his post. However, you should read this as good news! I urge you to do a little search on one Richard Pilger who has headed that branch of the DOJ since 2010.
His name will be familiar to anyone who watched the Obama administration’s attack on Tea Party and other Conservative groups attempts to get an IRS determination to be allowed to raise money for their small emerging political action groups.
See one of many stories about him here at Judicial Watch in 2015.
Here is Politico:
Barr OK for election-fraud investigations roils Justice Department
Attorney General William Barr appeared Monday to make a bid to reassure backers of President Donald Trump who have complained bitterly in recent days that the Justice Department was not taking action to combat alleged voter fraud and other election irregularities.
In a memo to U.S. attorneys, Barr authorized them to open election-fraud investigations “if there are clear and apparently-credible allegations of irregularities that, if true, could potentially impact the outcome of a federal election in an individual State.”
Barr’s memo broadening the authorities of prosecutors in the election season had an abrupt and dramatic impact: prompting the veteran career official running the Justice Department branch that oversees such prosecutions to step down from his post, effective immediately.
Shortly after Barr’s directive was released, Richard Pilger, director of the DOJ Criminal Division’s Election Crimes Branch, sent colleagues an email saying he was transferring to another role in the department. The 28-year-veteran federal prosecutor also made unmistakably clear that alarm at Barr’s policy shift prompted his exit from the job he has held since 2010.
Sorry to make you sick this morning but they will all be back if Biden/Harris get away with stealing the election!
Angling for something are we?
It’s a historic day for Black women, South Asian women, women of color, women everywhere, for America. pic.twitter.com/7aDTSkLHRE
— Vanita Gupta (@vanitaguptaCR) August 11, 2020
Vanita Gupta, who served as head of Justice’s Civil Rights Division under President Barack Obama, posted a copy of Pilger’s resignation email online and called it “a testament to how grossly politicized and partisan the Barr DOJ is, in service of Trump.”
Still, the wording of Barr’s memo left unclear whether it was largely a sop to the president’s supporters or whether it portends serious investigations into last week’s election, of which Joe Biden was declared the winner over Trump.
Gupta suggested the memo was little more than posturing intended to satisfy the president and fuel misperceptions that voting fraud on any serious scale affected the 2020 presidential contest.
“Let’s be clear — this is about disruption, disinformation, and sowing chaos,” Gupta, now president of the Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights. “Trump is furious, demanding all ‘his’ lawyers take action. They have no evidence, so they’ll push the PR.”
“Voters decided election & overwhelmingly picked Biden,” added Gupta. “Election was secure & fair. No factual basis for memo. Scaremongering about opening investigations doesn’t change result.”
If I have the energy to continue blogging, it would be fun to feature the Biden/Harris players as they scurry back into government hidey-holes (if they succeed in stealing the election, that is.)