Trump Releases Letter From Former US Atty Who Says Barr Told Him Not to Investigate Election Cases

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During his CPAC Dallas speech, President Donald Trump spoke about a letter from the former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, William McSwain, saying that he was not allowed to do his job, Trump said, to investigate allegations involving the election.


Now Trump has released the letter McSwain wrote to him and it’s definitely interesting.

In it, McSwain, says the election was a “partisan disgrace,” that the Democratic officials “made up their own rules and did not follow the law.” and he said that Trump had a right to be upset about it.

President Trump, you were right to be upset about the way the Democrats ran the 2020 election in Pennsylvania – it was a partisan disgrace. The Governor, the Secretary of the Commonwealth, and the partisan State Supreme Court made up their own rules and did not follow the law. Even worse, the State Attorney General, Josh Shapiro – the very person responsible for the enforcement of state election law – declared days before Election Day that you could not win the election. It would be hard to imagine a more irresponsible statement by a law enforcement officer, especially during a hotly contested election. In light of such statements, it is hardly surprising that many Pennsylvanians lack faith in our state’s election results.

On Election Day and afterwards, our Office received various allegations of voter fraud and election irregularities. 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.

I disagreed with that decision, but those were my orders. As a Marine infantry officer, I was trained to follow the chain of command and to respect the orders of my superiors, even when I disagree with them


McSwain says he was told not to make any public comments about election investigations. He said today in a radio interview that he believed other U.S. Attorneys were told the same thing, that any comments had to go through Washington, which he said was unusual — that usually, they could comment on such things. U.S. Attorneys usually have the autonomy to comment on their own cases.

McSwain also explained that he was not free to investigate, that he was told not to investigate any serious allegations but to pass them along to State Attorney General Josh Shapiro. Shapiro had come under fire shortly before the election for comments he made that Trump was going to lose the election when he, Shapiro, was supposed to be a neutral state official in his role as Attorney General.

McSwain and Shapiro are now likely to be candidates for governor and the letter was soliciting Trump for his support.

During the radio interview, McSwain confirmed the letter — said it was all true. He noted issues like putting poll watchers in positions where they were unable to do their job because they were unable to see what was going on, for example. He said that contributed to the questions and lack of transparency. “If the counting of the ballots is as pure as the driven snow, then let everyone see what is going on,” McSwain said.


One of the things that’s unclear is if he found anything he considered serious. He said he didn’t think it was appropriate to share details of non-public investigations. He was asked if any had to do with the machines and he said some had to do with that, such as questions about putting flash drives into machines. Shapiro is claiming nothing was passed on to him.

But McSwain is, in fact, saying he feels he was not free “in all cases to follow where the evidence leads.”

So the question would be why was Bill Barr telling him to hand off cases? Were there any of those “serious cases?” If so, what happened to them?


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