WASHINGTON — Profession Justice Division prosecutors pushed again this week in opposition to a memo by Attorney General William P. Barr that opened the door to politically charged election fraud investigations, saying in a pair of messages that Mr. Barr thrust the division into politics and falsely overstated the specter of voter fraud.

The protests had been the newest rebuke of Mr. Barr by his personal workers, who’ve in latest months begun criticizing his leadership each privately and publicly. They argued that Mr. Barr has labored to advance President Trump’s pursuits by wielding the facility of the division to defend his allies and assault his enemies.

On Friday, 16 federal prosecutors throughout the nation who had been assigned to watch elections for indicators of fraud wrote to Mr. Barr that that they had discovered no proof of “substantial allegations of voting and vote tabulation irregularities.” Additionally they requested him to rescind the memo, saying it thrust the division into partisan politics and was pointless as a result of nobody has recognized any reliable suspicions of mass voter fraud.

The memo “just isn’t based mostly in truth,” the screens wrote.

Issued Monday amid the president’s efforts to falsely declare widespread voter fraud, the memo permits prosecutors to research “substantial allegations” of fraud earlier than the outcomes of the presidential race are licensed, disregarding longstanding division insurance policies meant to maintain regulation enforcement investigations from affecting the result of an election.

“It was developed and introduced with out consulting nonpartisan profession professionals within the area and on the division,” the prosecutors wrote of the memo. “The timing of the memorandum’s launch thrusts profession prosecutors into partisan politics.” The Washington Submit earlier reported their letter.

On Thursday, a prime profession prosecutor within the U.S. legal professional’s workplace in Washington mentioned in an e mail despatched to Mr. Barr through Richard P. Donoghue, an official within the deputy legal professional normal’s workplace, that the memo needs to be rescinded as a result of it went in opposition to longstanding practices, in response to two individuals with information of the e-mail.

The prosecutor, J.P. Cooney, additionally mentioned that the truth that Richard Pilger, a longtime division worker who oversees election fraud crimes, selected to step down from that place over the memo was deeply regarding, the individuals mentioned.

In response, Mr. Donoghue advised Mr. Cooney that he would cross on his criticism however that if it leaked to reporters, he would be aware that as effectively. Provided that the e-mail was born out of a priority for integrity, Mr. Donoghue mentioned in his reply that he would guarantee officers “that I’ve a excessive diploma of confidence that it’ll not be improperly leaked to the media.”

A division spokeswoman declined to remark about Mr. Cooney’s message. Requested concerning the prosecutors’ letter to Mr. Barr, she mentioned that his memo directed prosecutors to “train acceptable warning and keep the division’s absolute dedication to equity, neutrality and nonpartisanship.”

Others contained in the division identified that Mr. Barr’s memo was rigorously worded and contained caveats that made it unlikely {that a} prosecutor may meet the edge to open a case and start investigating.

“Specious, speculative, fanciful or far-fetched claims shouldn’t be a foundation for initiating federal inquiries,” Mr. Barr wrote in his memo. “Nothing right here needs to be taken as any indication that the division has concluded that voting irregularities have impacted the result of any election.”

Division legal professionals usually interact in heated debates over insurance policies, investigations and prosecutions, however they not often put their criticisms in writing after which ship them to prime officers.

However Mr. Barr’s memo churned up rancor amongst prosecutors who work on election fraud, largely as a result of Mr. Trump himself was making false claims about widespread voter fraud. Even the specter of such an investigation into votes for the presidential race may shade the integrity of the election.

Mr. Pilger, the prosecutor who oversees election fraud on the division’s headquarters in Washington, stepped down from his supervisory function in protest a number of hours after it was issued; and different legal professionals affected by the memo started to plan plans for easy methods to push again on Mr. Barr’s authorization and what to do ought to a U.S. legal professional announce an election-related investigation, in response to three individuals with information of those discussions.

Even because the division’s officers and profession prosecutors argued concerning the memo, Mr. Trump’s authorized circumstances associated to the election started to unravel on Friday. A state choose in Michigan rejected an try by Republicans to halt the certification of the vote in Wayne County, which incorporates Detroit, pending an audit. And legal professionals for Mr. Trump withdrew election-related lawsuits in Pennsylvania and Arizona.