The US Attorney General ordered an investigation into allegations of election fraud 4The US Attorney General ordered an investigation into allegations of election fraud 4

In a memo to US federal prosecutors on November 9, Attorney General William Barr wrote that investigations `may be conducted if there are clear and credible allegations of irregularities`.

He said any charges that `clearly do not affect the federal election results` should be postponed until those elections are certified and prosecutors would likely open a so-called investigation

Barr did not identify any specific instances of fraud in the memo.

`While it is necessary to address credible allegations promptly and effectively, Department employees must exercise reasonable caution and maintain the Department’s absolute commitment to fairness, neutrality, and nonpartisanship.`

Attorney General William Barr (front) leaves the congressional building after meeting with Republican leader in the Senate Mitch McConnell on November 9.

Normally, the Justice Department’s policy is `not to conduct public investigations, including questioning individual voters, until it has been established that election results were affected by fraud.`

An official at the Justice Department who spoke on condition of anonymity said it was not Trump, White House officials or any lawmakers who asked Secretary Barr to issue the memo.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was named the winner of this year’s presidential election by media outlets on November 7.

Trump’s campaign has filed lawsuits in several key battleground states won by Biden, asking local judges to invalidate or stop counting mail-in ballots.

Some Republicans have backed Trump’s claims of voter fraud or his right to legal challenges.

Republican leader in the Senate Mitch McConnell on November 9 affirmed that President Trump has the right to consider unusual allegations and consider legal options.

Secretary Barr, who has been repeatedly accused of politicizing the Justice Department under Trump, met with McConnell at the Capitol building on November 9.

Top Trump campaign officials have said they are willing to appeal state court decisions that go against them to the Supreme Court if necessary.

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