The past 48 hours of Justice Department political shenanigans, explained - 2020-09-25
Though Election Day is approaching and voting has already started in some states, Attorney General Bill Barr's Justice Department has been involved in a whirlwind two days of unusual, politically charged activity.
Most notably, a US attorney made a vague, partially inaccurate statement Thursday about problems with a handful of military ballots in one Pennsylvania county — a statement that went out of its way to say the ballots were cast for Donald Trump. This seemed designed to boost the president's claims that mail voting is riddled with fraud, and indeed, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany revealed that the White House had a heads-up about it.
Also Thursday, Barr released some information that he suggested cast further doubt on a major source for the Steele dossier, sending it in a letter to Senate Judiciary Chair Lindsey Graham (R-SC). The Steele dossier was clearly deeply flawed, and Trump's supporters have zeroed in on the FBI's use of it as part of their larger project to discredit the Russia investigation. But the political dimension of this revelation was obvious: Graham quickly went on Fox News to tout his findings and to ask Fox viewers for donations to help him in his own tough reelection.