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BREAKING: Justice Department Election Crimes Chief Resigns in Protest of Attorney General’s Voter Fraud Directive

Hours after Attorney General William Barr ordered the Department of Justice to investigate President Donald Trump’s baseless allegations of voter fraud in the 2020 election, the director of the Department’s Election Crime Branch tendered his resignation late Monday night.

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“Having familiarized myself with the new policy and its ramifications, and in accord with the best tradition of the John C. Keeney Award for Exceptional Integrity and Professionalism (my most cherished Departmental recognition), I must regretfully resign from my role as Director of the Election Crimes Branch,” Richard Pilger wrote in a letter to his colleagues that was obtained by NBC News.

“I have enjoyed very much working with you for over a decade to aggressively and diligently enforce federal criminal election law, policy, and practice without partisan fear or favor. I thank you for your support in that effort,” said Pilger.

Instead of conceding the election, President Donald Trump has insisted that his defeat to President-Elect Joe Biden must be fraudulent.

Trump loyalist Barr has amplified the president’s allegations despite there being no evidence of malfeasance from voters or elections officials.

This is a developing story.

Seventy-one days until the inauguration.



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