More than two dozen House Republicans have signed onto a letter sent Wednesday urging that President Trump direct Attorney General William Barr to appoint a special counsel to probe 2020 election “irregularities.”
The letter, obtained by The Post, was originally written and sent last Thursday by Rep. Lance Gooden (R-Tx.), two days after the nation’s top law enforcement agent said that the Justice Department had not uncovered evidence of widespread voter fraud that would alter the outcome of the presidential race.
Gooden opted to resend the letter this week after dozens of GOP lawmakers agreed to add their names to the correspondence, including Reps. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), Louie Gohmert (R-Tx.), Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), and Mo Brooks (R-Ala.).
“Following widespread support from my House Republican colleagues, I am again requesting that you direct Attorney General Barr to appoint a Special Counsel to investigate irregularities in the 2020 election,” the beginning of Wednesday’s letter read.
“The American people deserve a definitive resolution to the uncertainty hovering over the outcome of our election, but legitimate questions of voter fraud remain unanswered,” it continued.
The letter goes on to bemoan the lack of action by the Justice Department and Barr himself, who authorized federal prosecutors to investigate allegations of “voting irregularities” in the days after the election was called for President-elect Biden, but said last week that no widespread evidence had been found.
“The Department of Justice has been asked on multiple occasions to launch an investigation into this matter, but inaction from the Department along with public comments made by the Attorney General indicate a lack of willingness to investigate the irregularities your campaign and other elected officials across the nation have alleged,” Gooden stated in the letter, making specific reference to Barr’s comments last week on the probe.
It was also revealed last week that Barr had appointed John Durham to special counsel status in his probe into the origins of the 2016 Russia investigation.
Despite this appointment, which will protect Durham from being fired under President-elect Biden’s eventual attorney general, Barr has not made the same overtures toward a probe on voter fraud.
“The appointment of a Special Counsel would establish a team of investigators whose sole responsibility is to uncover the truth and provide the certainty America needs,” Gooden argued.
President Trump and his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani have repeatedly made broad allegations of voter fraud in a number of battleground states and filed lawsuits in a number of states where he lost to Biden, almost all of which have been thrown out.
“No one is fighting harder for a free and fair election than President Donald J. Trump,” a White House spokesman responded.