US justice minister clears presidential inquiries

Faithful to President Trump, Bill Barr has authorized investigations 'if there are clear and potentially credible allegations of irregularities' that could change the results.

The US Minister of Justice Bill Barr gave the green light Monday to the opening of investigations into possible irregularities during the presidential election of November 3, which Donald Trump assures us that it was tainted with "fraud", without bring evidence. Bill Barr, one of the ministers most loyal to the outgoing president, stressed that this authorization, addressed to federal prosecutors across the country, did not indicate that the Department of Justice had evidence of the existence of genuine fraud situations. .

"I authorize you to investigate substantial allegations of irregularities in voting or ballot counting prior to certification of elections in your jurisdictions in certain cases," he wrote in his letter. "Such investigations can be carried out if there are clear and potentially credible allegations of irregularities which, if proven, could potentially have an impact on the outcome of a federal election in a state," he adds. .

"Speculative, fanciful or eccentric claims must not be used as a basis for the opening of federal investigations"

Following Mr. Barr's order, the head of the electoral crimes department, which oversees fraud investigations, announced his resignation, according to several national media. Richard Pilger explained his decision in an email sent to his team, explaining that, "after studying the new rules and their ramifications, I unfortunately have to resign my job," according to the New York Times. Investigations into electoral fraud are normally the responsibility of each state, which establishes and monitors its own electoral rules.

Et le ministère américain de la Justice n'intervient d'ordinaire pas dans ce genre de situation jusqu'à ce que les décomptes des votes soient certifiés et les recomptages terminés. L'équipe de campagne de Donald Trump mène des batailles judiciaires dans plusieurs Etats remportés sur le fil par Joe Biden -- Pennsylvanie et Nevada en tête -- pour tenter de contester leurs résultats. Ces efforts sont notamment menés par les fils du président sortant, qui relayent des allégations de fraude et d'irrégularités électorales, sans preuves à l'appui.

"Si les allégations sérieuses doivent être traitées avec beaucoup de soin, les réclamations spéculatives, fantaisistes ou farfelues ne doivent pas servir de base à l'ouverture d'enquêtes fédérales", a prévenu le ministre de la Justice. Les efforts du camp Donald Trump ont peu de chance d'aboutir, de nombreux responsables locaux ayant mis la campagne au défi de fournir des preuves des allégations de fraude.

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