Sounds ominous, sure? Actually, the precise memo obtained by the AP tells a much less dramatic story. Barr tells prosecutors that investigations “could also be performed if there are clear and apparently-credible allegations of irregularities that, if true, may doubtlessly influence the result of a federal election in a person State.” In different phrases, Barr is reiterating an influence prosecutors have already got to research, “if” credible allegations had been to floor. Since Trump’s assortment of dildo-adjacent landscaping fetishists have, time and time once more, made allegations about irregularities that they’ve been utterly unable to search out proof of and which they can not clarify to federal judges, leading to every would-be case getting laughed out of their nonetheless Zoom-based courtrooms, the assertion is meaningless.
What it does imply is that William Barr is keen to place the load of his crooked workplace behind Trump’s anti-democratic, autocratic blabberings about supposed vote fraud in opposition to him. He is keen to place out a memo to please Pricey Chief, utilizing Pricey Chief’s terminology, to create a information cycle through which the Division of Justice is investigating nothing, for no bigger obvious objective than ensuring Trump does not hearth him for not doing it.
There are not any fraud claims. None. Trump’s quasi-legal groups have been capable of produce no proof of election-bending fraud, and even of election-inconveniencing fraud. The claims are totally primarily based on Trump’s unwillingness to face actuality, his sycophants’ unwillingness to drive him to take action, and the rampaging fascist tendencies of a Republican Celebration keen to delegitimize American democracy itself fairly than settle for election losses.
It is not shocking William Barr is keen use the powers of his workplace so as to add to that din of propaganda. That is why Trump employed him.