House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler is raging over Attorney General William Barr's decision to allow an investigation into claims of alleged election fraud to move forward.
"Attorney General Barr’s memo is both flawed and deeply disturbing," Nadler argued in a statement. "It is unlikely to open new legal avenues for the Trump campaign, but speaks to Barr’s dangerous and irresponsible impulse to pander to the President’s worst instincts."
Days after the polls closed President Trump filed lawsuits in Georgia, Nevada, and Arizona alleging that poll watchers were not allowed to observe vote counts. However, no evidence has been put forth to support these claims.
Each state has been given a deadline of December 8 to resolve any election issues, recounts, or court contests over the results. The Electoral College is scheduled to finalize the outcome on December 14.
Barr's decision has raised some concerns within the Justice Department causing some to be worried that his loyalty to Trump has caused him to take the unprecedented step to intervene in these disputes. Typically the Justice Department would "not conduct overt investigations, including interviews with individual voters, until after the outcome of the election allegedly affected by the fraud is certified."
In response to the attorney general's memo, Richard Pilger, the Justice Department's top prosecutor for election crimes, announced that he would be stepping down from his post but is expected to remain as an attorney within the department's criminal division.
Nadler accused Barr of threatening harm to the country by conducting the investigation without evidence.
"The Attorney General may think that he is merely humoring a President who will eventually concede the race and transfer power to his successor," said Nadler.
"This approach is as short-sighted as it is cynical and destructive. One way or the other, Donald Trump will be out of office in a matter of weeks," he added. "History will remember their conduct between now and then."