In a letter written by a former federal prosecutor in Pennsylvania and cited by President Trump, the attorney said AG Barr ordered him to pass 2020 election allegations to the PA state Attorney General John Shapiro, an outspoken Democrat. Shapiro himself was up for re-election in 2020.
William McSwain, U.S. attorney of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, wrote to Trump regarding his discontent with instructions he received from Attorney General Bill Barr, the Washington Examiner reports.
“On Election Day and afterwards, our Office received various allegations of voter fraud and election irregularities,” the letter reads. “As part of my responsibilities as U.S. Attorney, I wanted to be transparent with the public and, of course, investigate fully any allegations. Attorney General Barr, however, instructed me not to make any public statements or put out any press releases regarding possible election irregularities. I was also given a directive to pass along serious allegations to the State Attorney General for investigation – the same State Attorney General who had already declared that you could not win.”
McSwain said he “disagreed with that decision,” but added that because of his past as a Marine infantry officer, he would follow all orders from those above him, even if he didn’t agree.
“U.S. Attorney from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania was precluded from investigating election fraud allegations,” Trump said in a statement. “Outrageous!”
To view the full letter, click here.