TOP federal prosecutors have said there’s “no evidence of election fraud” in a mutiny over Attorney General William Barr's order for them to probe such claims.
Sixteen prosecutors who were asked by the Justice Department to investigate election fraud claims sent a letter to Barr telling him there’s no evidence of that.
Sources told ABC News that the letter from career assistant US attorneys in more than a dozen states called for Barr to rescind the memo he sent earlier this week.
Barr had launched an investigation into claims that the 2020 presidential election was rigged after repeated claims by President Donald Trump.
Trump lost the election to his opponent Joe Biden, and still hasn’t conceded as of Friday – more than a week after Election Day.
The president claims that Biden and Democrats have stolen the election from him with millions of fraudulent votes.
After Barr announced the investigation, Trump celebrated in a slew of tweets.
"We are making big progress. Results start to come in next week. Make America great again!" he wrote in all-caps, before tweeting "we will win!"
Trump's later tweets alleging "ballot counting abuse" were both flagged by Twitter as being "disputed."
"Watch for massive ballot counting abuse and, just like the early vaccine, remember I told you so!" he raged, as Twitter noted that voter fraud of any kind is "exceedingly rare in the US."
Barr's unprecedented intervention on Monday led to Richard Pilger, who oversees the Justice Department's investigations of voter fraud, to quit just hours later.
Pilger, a career DOJ prosecutor who oversaw investigations related to voting fraud, wrote his resignation within hours of Barr's memo going public on Monday evening.
In an email to colleagues, he wrote: "Having familiarized myself with the new policy and its ramifications, I must regretfully resign from my role as director of the Election Crimes Branch."
But Barr admitted in the two-page memo to federal prosecutors that an investigation into voter fraud would likely not change the results of the election.
"While most allegations of purported election misconduct are of such a scale that they would not impact the outcome of an election and, thus, investigation can appropriately be deferred that is not always the case," Barr wrote.
"Furthermore, any concerns that overt actions taken by the Department could inadvertently impact an election are greatly minimized," he continued.
"If they exist at all, once voting has concluded, even if election certification has not yet been completed."
In the memo, Barr announced investigations into alleged voter fraud should only take place in "specific instances" – hinting the level of apparent evidence will need to be high.
Barr succeeded Jeff Sessions as attorney general in 2019 and has been described as an advocate for Trump.
On Thursday, a coalition of federal and state cybersecurity experts from Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) – part of Homeland Security – said there has been no evidence at all of widespread voter fraud, as Trump and his allies have claimed.
“The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history. Right now, across the country, election officials are reviewing and double checking the entire election process prior to finalizing the result," the statement read.
“While we know there are many unfounded claims and opportunities for misinformation about the process of our elections, we can assure you we have the utmost confidence in the security and integrity of our elections, and you should too," the statement said.
"When you have questions, turn to elections officials as trusted voices as they administer elections.”
The federal prosecutors Barr tasked with investigating voter fraud claims wrote in their letter: "We disagree with [your] argument that the impact of taking overt investigative and prosecutorial actions on the outcome of an election is greatly minimized after voting ends but before certification occurs.”
They said the memo “thrusts career prosecutors into partisan politics."
As of Friday, Biden was leading Trump by more than 5.3million votes, and won the Electoral College – securing him the presidency.
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