House Republicans Call for Special Counsel to Investigate Election

Attorney General William Barr sits with President Trump during a White House meeting in Washington, DC, September 23, 2020. (Tom Brenner / Reuters)

More than two dozen House Republicans on Wednesday sent a letter to President Trump asking the President to order Attorney General William Barr to appoint a special advocate to investigate “irregularities” in the general election last month.

“The American people deserve a definitive resolution to the uncertainty that hangs over the outcome of our election, but legitimate questions of electoral fraud remain unanswered,” read the letter, signed by 27 GOP representatives.

Representative Lance Gooden from Texas first wrote and mailed the letter last week, but decided to return it after other members of its caucus expressed interest in signing their names on it, including Arizona’s Andy Biggs, Louie Gohmert from Texas, Thomas Massie from Kentucky and Mo Brooks from Alabama, Ted Budd from North Carolina and Paul Gosar from Arizona.

Republicans’ frustration comes after Barr said last week the Justice Department failed to find evidence of voter fraud widespread enough to change the outcome of this year’s presidential election.

The Trump campaign’s legal team quickly challenged Barr’s assessment, saying “there had been no semblance of an investigation from the Department of Justice” and that the DOJ was unaware of the all of the evidence gathered by Trump’s lawyers to support their fraud claims.

“The Ministry of Justice has been repeatedly asked to open an investigation into this case, but the ministry’s inaction as well as the public comments of the Attorney General indicate a lack of will to investigate the irregularities in your campaign and “Other elected officials across the nation have alleged,” GOP representatives said in their letter.

“Appointing a special advocate would create a team of investigators whose sole responsibility is to uncover the truth and provide the certainty America needs,” lawmakers said.

Earlier this year, Barr suggested that the high levels of mail-in ballots this year due to people choosing to stay at home during the pandemic could become fertile ground for fraud.

Since Joe Biden won an election victory earlier this month, toppling several key battlefield states that Trump won in 2016 by razor thin margins, the Trump campaign has launched a series of more than 40 lawsuits contesting the results of the vote in six swing states.

Trump has so far refused to concede the election to Biden and has claimed he won a second term “by a lot” even as his legal team failed to produce electoral fraud on a scale widespread enough to affect the result of the race and the first. victory of the vice-president.