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Trump Releases Letter From Ex-US Attorney Criticizing Barr Handling Of Election Fraud Claims

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

William McSwain, U. S. attorney of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from 2018 until January 2021, wrote to Trump expressing dismay with instructions he said he received from former Attorney General William Barr.

“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 noted he was a Marine infantry officer, so he would follow orders from his superior even if he did not agree with them.

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“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.

Trump previously mentioned the letter during his speech at CPAC in Texas over the weekend. He said during the remarks that he received the letter… (Read more)