President Donald Trump’s allies in the media and in Congress have come out of the woodwork to back the president’s insistence that the integrity of the 2020 election was compromised and requires legal intervention to determine the actual winner of the race.
According to Breitbart, a long list of Trump’s Republican allies penned a letter to U.S Attorney General Bill Barr on Friday, asking the most powerful person in the U.S. justice system to step in and ensure the integrity of the election, and on Monday, Barr complied with their request.
A staggering 39 Republicans signed the letter, essentially demanding that Barr’s Justice Department intervene where necessary to ensure that vote counting lines up with both state laws and federal laws, especially in the key battleground states that make-or-break a presidential candidate’s chances of winning.
“I’ve joined 38 of my colleagues in writing a letter to AG Bill Barr requesting he investigate claims of voter fraud and make sure only all legal votes are counted in this election. The American people need to have confidence that the outcome of this election is legitimate!!,” Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) tweeted.
In the letter, the GOP lawmakers mentioned that the U.S. Federal Marshals Service could and should be used, if need be, when a judicial order is issued. That suggestion was presumably a reference to a situation recently in Pennsylvania where a judge ordered that GOP poll watchers be allowed in a ballot-counting center, only to still be turned away by election officials.
“When it comes to a federal election, it should not matter whether those judicial orders come from a state or federal court. For example, if a state court orders that observers can watch ballot counting in a federal election, no local election official should be able to defy that order,” the letter read.
As Business Insider reported, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also called for AG Barr’s intervention, requesting that a number of poll workers be immediately arrested by federal agents because of what Gingrich claimed was widespread corruption in various voting systems.
“The Philadelphia machine is corrupt. The Atlanta machine is corrupt. The machine in Detroit is corrupt. And they are trying to steal the presidency. And we should not allow them to do that,” Gingrich said during a Fox News interview.
Breitbart reported on Monday Barr ordered the DOJ to examine voting irregularities in last week’s election in a memo addressed and signed from Barr to U.S. Attorneys, the assistant attorneys general for the DOJ’s criminal division, civil rights division, the national security division, and the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Christopher Wray.