Liberal candidates Marci Ien and Ya'ara Saks have won federal byelections in two Toronto ridings.
Former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner joins Lawrence O'Donnell to discuss new reporting detailing how Donald Trump engineered a sudden windfall of cash in 2016 and why he could face federal tax evasion charges. Aired on 10/09/2020 At a meeting Friday between Indigenous leaders and federal officials to discuss racism in the health-care system, Elder Sadie North testified that a doctor at a Winnipeg hospital accused her of being under the influence of alcohol when she sought medical attention on the Labour Day weekend. Attorney General William Barr reminded federal prosecutors Monday that they should examine allegations of voting irregularities before states move to certify results in the coming weeks. But the nation's top federal law enforcement official didn't provide any indication that the Justice Department has come up with evidence to support President Donald Trump's claim of massive fraud in last week's election.
In his memo, Barr notes that while "most allegations of purported election misconduct are of such a scale that they would not impact the outcome of an election and, thus, investigation can appropriately be deferred, that is not always the case."
"Furthermore, any concerns that overt actions taken by the Department could inadvertently impact an election are greatly minimized, if they exist at all, once voting has concluded, even if election certification has not yet been completed," he wrote.
Barr's letter to criminal prosecutors broke a days-long silence that has been awkward as Trump and his campaign lawyers have held news conferences and filed lawsuits that have been devoid of any evidence of widespread fraud. Trump claims voting irregularities explain why he is behind in states he would need to win reelection and has refused to concede defeat to President-elect Joe Biden.
A Justice official says no one asked or directed Barr to issue his memo.
#2020Election As thd nation focuses on the transition to the future Biden administration, the federal government's General Services Administration is getting a rare moment in the spotlight. CBS News political reporter Grace Segers explains the history behind the sprawling bureaucracy and why the agency has yet to recognize the winner of the 2020 presidential election.