Attorney General William Barr has authorized the Department of Justice to investigate so-called “substantial allegations” of voter fraud in the 2020 election, The Associated Press reported on Monday evening.
Barr wrote that investigations “may be conducted if there are clear and apparently-credible allegations of irregularities that, if true, could potentially impact the outcome of a federal election in an individual State.”
President-elect Joe Biden was projected by every major news outlet as the winner of the presidential election on Saturday, but President Trump has indicated he will not concede the race, alleging without evidence that there was widespread voter fraud.
“Obviously no states have yet certified their election results. We have at least one or two states that are already on track for a recount and I believe the president may have legal challenges underway in at least five states,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said during a floor speech Monday.
Barr, who has been repeatedly criticized for politicizing the Justice Department under Trump, reportedly met with McConnell on Monday.