Trump-era US attorney never reported 2020 election fraud claims, Pennsylvania attorney general says

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Pennsylvania's attorney general claims he never received any "direct referrals" from a U.S. attorney in the Trump administration who said his office became aware of allegations of fraud in the 2020 election.

A letter former President Donald Trump made public on Monday in which former U.S. Attorney William McSwain said he disagreed with Trump-era Attorney General William Barr's instructions to pass along any "serious allegations" to the state's top prosecutor for investigation was the first time Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro heard such claims might have existed, according to his office.

“We received and sent multiple referrals to local, state and federal law enforcement, but received no direct referrals from Mr. McSwain’s office,” Shapiro spokeswoman Jacklin Rhoads said, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. "This personal note to President Trump, sent seven months after the election, is the first our office has heard of Mr. McSwain’s concerns. If he was aware of allegations of voter fraud, Mr. McSwain had a duty to report and, as he knows, our office investigates every referral and credible allegation it receives."

McSwain, who confirmed on Twitter that the letter was authentic and expressed his gratitude to Trump for sharing it, was heavily critical of Shapiro for tweeting a couple days before the November election that "Trump is going to lose." However, Shapiro said that would be if "all the votes are added up" in Pennsylvania.

McSwain also disclosed to Trump that he would run for governor in Pennsylvania as a conservative in 2022, noting a slate of election reforms he would prioritize and insisting he is "uniquely positioned to defeat" Shapiro, whom he called "the likely Democratic candidate."

In contrast to McSwain's criticism of Shapiro, whom he blamed for "many Pennsylvanians" lacking faith in Pennsylvania's election results following his "irresponsible statement" about Trump losing to President Joe Biden prior to Election Day, the attorney general's representative said there was a "close working relationship" with McSwain and his team. That included "collaboration during the 2020 election," Rhoads said.

Barr told the Washington Post that "any suggestion that McSwain was told to stand down from investigating allegations of election fraud is false. It’s just false." He also said McSwain's assertions appeared to be designed to "mollify" Trump to gain his support.

Although McSwain does not say in his letter he was blocked from investigating any alleged election maleficence, Trump released a statement along with the letter that said: "U.S. Attorney from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania was precluded from investigating election fraud allegations. Outrageous!"

Barr issued a memo in November authorizing U.S. attorneys to investigate "substantial allegations" of voting irregularities before the certification of elections. He later publicly said the Justice Department did not find fraud sufficient to alter the outcome of the 2020 election. In addition, Barr said he believed Trump's major claims of election fraud were "all bulls***," according to an article published by the Atlantic last month.

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Pennsylvania is one state won by Biden last year where post-election audits showed no widespread fraud. But efforts are underway in the GOP-led state Senate to conduct an Arizona-style "forensic investigation," which prompted Pennsylvania's Department of State to warn that any election equipment given to "third-party entities" will be decertified.

With Biden scheduled to deliver a speech on voting rights in Philadelphia on Tuesday, Trump released a statement in which he accused the president of being in "a rush in order to stop" the review and claimed the City of Brotherly Love "was a cesspool of corruption, which will soon be revealed by the audit."

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