NEW YORK — President Donald J. Trump’s tireless foes are trivializing or ignoring his and his supporters’ suspicions that Joe Biden’s backers stole the White House from them. Fortunately for Trump and his fans, numerous current and former attorneys general contend that vote fraud and irregularities have sullied or even spoiled this election. They concur, at least, that these charges have weight and deserve examination.
–Attorney General William Barr regards these vote-fraud complaints as potentially credible enough to merit investigation. “I authorize you to pursue substantial allegations of voting and vote tabulation irregularities prior to the certification of elections in your jurisdictions in certain cases,” Barr informed U.S. attorneys by memo Monday.
–Eleven attorneys general share Barr’s interest in probing possible wrongdoing. According to the chief law-enforcement officers of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Texas, Pennsylvania’s Democrat-dominated Supreme Court ignored the law: Ballots must arrive before polls close on Election Day. Instead, the Keystone Kourt added three days to this deadline.
“First, it created a post-election window of time during which nefarious actors could wait and see whether the Presidential election would be close and whether perpetrating fraud in Pennsylvania would be worthwhile,” these 11 AGs argued in a U.S. Supreme Court amicus curiae brief. “Second, it enhanced the opportunities for fraud by mandating, in a cursory footnote, that late ballots must be counted even when they are not postmarked or have no legible postmark…”
–Also in Pennsylvania, Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar announced at 8:38 p.m. on Election Eve that county officials could return erroneous ballots, let voters fix mistakes, and then re-submit these “cured” ballots. In urban counties, Democrat campaign staffers and volunteers contacted voters to make these corrections. This barely happened, if at all, in GOP-heavy rural counties.
“These series of disturbing actions disenfranchise all Pennsylvanians who voted properly and especially those in counties which followed the rules and did not adopt this illegal practice,” said former Attorney General Phill Kline (R – Kansas), Director of The Amistad Project. This public-interest law firm reckons at least 10,000 such ballots were rectified and re-deposited — violating Pennsylvania Election Code Section 3146.8.
–Former Attorney General Adam Laxalt (R – Nevada) described for Fox News Channel’s Shannon Bream the total wreck that Democrats engineered in the Silver State. “[T]he registrar reduced the signature-verification standard to 40 percent,” Laxalt explained. Thus, signatures on mail-in ballot envelopes could conflict with on-file signatures by 60 percent and still be valid.
“The fact of the matter is, we have not been able to look at these signatures,” Laxalt added. “They created this new mail-in system where 600-plus thousand votes have had no scrutiny whatsoever.”
“We have produced dead voters,” Laxalt continued. “We’ve also produced over 3,000 people that moved out of Las Vegas this year and still voted in this election.”
–The Great Lakes Justice Center’s lawsuit against Detroit election authorities includes a sworn, notarized affidavit signed November 8 by Zachary Larsen, a certified GOP poll challenger and former Assistant Attorney General of Michigan.
“What I observed immediately was that the secrecy of the ballot was not being respected,” Larsen stated. “Instead, the second official at the table where I was observing was repeatedly placing her fingers into the secrecy sleeve to separate the envelope and visually peek into the envelopes…and identify some of the votes cast by the voter.” Larsen also had “concerns that some ballots were being marked as ‘problem ballots’ based on who the person had voted for rather than on any legitimate concern about the ability to count and process the ballot appropriately.”
Is there fire beneath this smoke? If so, will it cremate the media’s nearly unanimous coronation of Joe Biden as president-elect? Only weeks of recounts, audits, and lawsuits will tell. But as these 15 current and former top prosecutors cough and wheeze through these acrid fumes, Hate Trump, Inc. should stop calling the air pure.
Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor, a contributing editor with National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research.