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(Washington, D.C.) – Attorney General Barr issued a memo today to U.S. Attorneys calling for investigations into alleged vote fraud prior to the certification of election results.  The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law issued the following statement in response:

“We condemn Attorney General’s Barr post-election attempt to weaponize the Justice Department to breathe life into President Trump’s baseless and unsubstantiated claims of voting irregularities. Barr’s attempt to interject and activate federal prosecutors is clearly part of a coordinated attempt to sow chaos and discord, and undermine confidence in the electoral outcome. Americans will see this move for what it is – a naked political ploy and it will not succeed. This move is especially astounding given the Justice Department’s deafening silence regarding countless documented instances of voter suppression and voting discrimination this season,” said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is actively monitoring post-election litigation filed by President Trump and has intervened in cases that raise claims that may implicate the rights of voters of color. The organization also leads Election Protection, the nation’s largest and longest-running non-partisan voter protection program. The organization received no credible allegations of voting irregularities in 2020.

A copy of Attorney General Barr’s Nov. 9, 2020 Memo can be found here.