In a memo issued on Monday, Attorney General William Barr authorized the Justice Department to investigate voting irregularities in this year’s presidential election.

The memo stated, “Now that the voting has concluded, it is imperative that the American people can trust that our elections were conducted in such a way that the outcomes accurately reflect the will of the voters.”

AG Barr Authorizes Fraud Investigations

Barr’s memo was issued after 39 House Republicans asked Barr on Friday to investigate allegations of voting irregularities across the country.

Particularly in a number of battleground states where Team Trump has filed lawsuits.

Barr’s memo stated that the DOJ has “an obligation to ensure that federal elections are conducted in such a way that the American people can have full confidence in their electoral process and their government.”

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The Attorney General did say that that while “most allegations” of election misconduct are not significant enough to affect election results, “that is not always the case.”

Barr said the DOJ is now authorized to pursue substantial allegations of voting and voting tabulation irregularities in specific instances.

“Given this, and given that voting in our current elections has now concluded, I authorize you to pursue substantial allegations of voting and vote tabulation irregularities prior to the certification of elections in your jurisdictions in certain cases, as I have already done in specific instances,” Barr said.

Barr also encouraged the Justice Department to use “great care and judgment’ and not launch investigations on “specious, speculative, fanciful or far-fetched claims.”

Democrat Responses: ‘Attorney General Bill Barr Is A Corrupt Trump Henchman’

The Attorney General said Americans deserve free and fair elections.

“I provide this authority and guidance to emphasize the need to timely and appropriately address allegations of voting irregularities so that all of the American people, regardless of their preferred candidate or party, can have full confidence in the results of our elections,” Barr said.

He added, “The American people and the leaders they freely elect deserve nothing less.”

A number of Democrats were not pleased with the prospect of investigations.

Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren was incensed, and accused President Trump of being a “dictator.”

“Attorney General Bill Barr is a corrupt Trump henchman who should have been impeached months ago.”

“If he cared one shred about our democracy, he’d be focused on the peaceful transition of power instead of doing the bidding of a wannabe dictator,” she added.

Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal said, “Once again, Barr acts as the president’s puppet. Barr is throwing gasoline on the fire of false claims of fraud, fueling doubts & undermining faith in the integrity of our election process.”

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If anything comes of these inquiries, the responses are likely to be even more inflammatory.

And what’s the harm in double checking if legal voting was protected in an election?

2020 isn’t quite over yet.