US Attorney General William Barr on Monday authorized federal prosecutors to launch investigations into “material allegations of voting and counting irregularities,” while urging prosecutors not to pursue claims that were “far-fetched or exaggerated,” according to a letter shared with the agency Reuters.
President Trump’s campaign team has filed a federal lawsuit in an attempt to prevent Pennsylvania from certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
The lawsuit, filed by the headquarters and two registered voters, alleges that Pennsylvania’s mail-order system allegedly “lacked all the transparency and scrutiny that those who vote at a polling station go through.”
The lawsuit alleges that the state violated the US constitution by creating an “illegal two-tier voting system” in which personal voting was subject to more scrutiny than mail-order voting.
President Trump, who for months tried to sow doubts about the election results by claiming unsubstantiated fraud, has pledged to pursue a strategy of challenging the results of the will that he hopes will reverse the election results.
Trump’s campaign headquarters and Republicans have filed many lawsuits since election day over alleged fraud. Judges in Georgia and Michigan have already refused to consider the claims.
Some Republican lawmakers in the Pennsylvania legislature noted in a press release circulated that they are “calling for a legislative audit of the 2020 elections and requiring that election results are not confirmed until the audit is complete.”
Edward Foley of the Ohio State University College of Law, who specializes in electoral law, said the Pennsylvania legislature cannot stop voting certification without changing the law.
“To do this, they will have to try to change the state law, and it will be vetoed by the Democratic Governor of Pennsylvania,” Fowley said.
The lawsuit from Trump’s Pennsylvania campaign will be heard by District Judge Matthew Brann, who was appointed by former President Barack Obama.