Barr on sending feds to polling booths: We’ve done this before

In this Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, photo Attorney General William Barr participates in a roll call with police officers from the Kansas City Police Department in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Mike Balsamo)

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UPDATED 5:20 PM PT – Thursday, September 3, 2020

Attorney General William Barr has said sending federal law enforcement to polling locations on Election Day could be considered legal. On Wednesday, he noted such a move could be warranted if there is “a particular criminal threat.”

Last month, President Trump announced he is planning to send federal officers to polling locations to prevent voter fraud this November.

However, acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf has since stated that is not within the Homeland Security Department’s jurisdiction.

Despite this, Barr is pushing back. According to him, the federal government has done this before.

FILE – In this Aug. 11, 2020 file photo, a woman enters the Allis Art Museum to vote in the state’s primary election, in Milwaukee, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash File)

“We’ve done so in the past to enforce civil rights, to make sure people were not being harassed and there was no suppression of vote against African Americans,” he stated.

Both Barr and Wolf have said President Trump has not directly spoken with them about plans to send federal officers to polling stations.

However, both the attorney general and the president have raised concerns about election fraud amid the influx of mass mail-in voting this year.

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