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A former federal prosecutor in Pennsylvania said he disagreed with the Justice Department on how to handle allegations of voter fraud and election irregularities, according to a letter released by ex-President Donald Trump.

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William McSwain, who was U.S. attorney of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from 2018 until January 2021, wrote to Trump in June expressing dismay with what he said were instructions from former Attorney General William Barr himself.

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“On Election Day and afterwards, our Office received various allegations of voter fraud and election irregularities,” the letter said. “As part of my responsibilities as U.S. Attorney, I wanted to be transparent with the public and, of course, investigate fully any allegations. Attorney General Barr, however, instructed me not to make any public statements or put out any press releases regarding possible election irregularities. I was also given a directive to pass along serious allegations to the State Attorney General for investigation – the same State Attorney General who had already declared that you could not win.”

McSwain wrote that he “disagreed with that decision,” but noting he was a Marine infantry officer, he added that he would follow his orders from superior even if he did not agree with them.

“U.S. Attorney from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania was precluded from investigating election fraud allegations. Outrageous!” Trump said in a statement of his own.

Barr did issue a memo in November authorizing U.S. attorneys to investigate “substantial allegations” of voting irregularities prior to the certification of elections, but he later said publicly the Justice Department did not find fraud sufficient to alter the outcome of the 2020 election. Barr went on to say he believed Trump’s major claims of election fraud were “all bulls—-,” according to an article published by the Atlantic last month.

Pennsylvania is one state won by President Joe Biden last year that post-election audits showed no widespread fraud. Democratic Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who said the state found “absolutely no evidence” of widespread voter fraud, has been criticized by Republicans for tweeting a couple days before the November election that “Trump is going to lose,” although he said that would be if “all the votes are added up” in Pennsylvania.

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Efforts are now underway in the GOP-led state Senate to conduct an Arizona-style “forensic investigation,” which prompted Pennsylvania’s Department of State to warn that any election equipment given to “third-party entities” will be decertified.

In the same letter, which was sent out by Trump’s Save America PAC on Monday, McSwain said that the former president was “right to be upset” with how Democratic officials in his state ran the 2020 election. McSwain also said he intends to run for governor in Pennsylvania in 2022 and talked about election reforms he would support.

Tags: News, 2020 Elections, Donald Trump, Pennsylvania, William Barr, Justice Department

Original Author: Daniel Chaitin

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