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Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, other AGs urge Justice Department to avoid election interference

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh joined nearly two dozen other state attorneys general Friday in signing a letter urging U.S. Attorney General William Barr to avoid interfering with the recent election.

The letter comes in response to a memorandum Barr circulated this week authorizing federal prosecutors to pursue allegations of voting irregularities related to the Nov. 3 election. The memo bucked a decades-old Justice Department policy that barred justice officials from taking actions that could influence election results.

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In a news release Friday, Frosh said he spearheaded the letter to Barr along with Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison in hopes of convincing Barr to reverse course on the memo. The letter says the change in policy will “erode the public’s confidence in the election.”

The American people have voted in record numbers in a safe and secure election and have clearly chosen a new president, Frosh, a Democrat, argued in the news release.

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Former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden has been declared the winner in the race over Republican President Donald Trump, who has made unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud.

“States have the responsibility of overseeing elections. DOJ has been careful for decades to avoid taking action that would undermine public confidence in the results,” Frosh said. “If fraud occurs, we are committed to rooting it out and helping to bring the perpetrators to justice. DOJ’s policy change smacks of partisan intrusion in the election.”

Joining Frosh and Ellison in signing the letter are the attorneys general of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

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