Election Crimes Director Richard Pilger, Resigns Amidst Allegations

Richard Pilger, director of the Election Crimes Branch of the Department of Justice

Election Crimes director Richard Pilger resigns as tempers continue to heat up over the 2020 election results.

As the election backlash and allegations of voter fraud continue, the director of the Election Crimes Branch of the Department of Justice, Richard Pilger, resigns.

Pilger’s resignation came shortly after his boss, Attorney General William Barr, announced that he was authorizing federal prosecutors to investigate election irregularities – a move which would delight Donald Trump.

Barr’s move angered legal experts, who pointed out that any issues around voting are handled at the state level and should not be considered a federal matter.

Several analysts said that Barr was at serious risk of dragging the Department of Justice into a highly partisan electoral war, waged through the courts.

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Richard Pilger, whose 25-year career has been devoted to election crimes and public corruption, told his colleagues in an email on Monday evening that he was quitting in protest, in a sign of how worried many within the legal community are at Barr’s unprecedented behavior.

Election Crimes and Security

Fair elections are the foundation of our democracy, and the FBI is committed to protecting the rights of all Americans to vote.

The U.S. government only works when legal votes are counted and when campaigns follow the law. When the legitimacy of elections is corrupted, our democracy is threatened.

While individual states run elections, the FBI plays an important role in protecting federal interests and preventing violations of your constitutional rights.

An election crime is generally a federal crime if:

The ballot includes one or more federal candidates
An election or polling place official abuses their office
The conduct involves false voter registration
The crime intentionally targets minority protected classes
The activity violates federal campaign finance laws


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