Acting U.S. attorney in Atlanta signals lack of merit in election fraud cases eyed by Trump

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The Trump-appointed prosecutor installed recently as the acting U.S. attorney in Atlanta said Monday that his office would not pursue spurious election fraud-related cases, assuming the same position that drew White House ire for his predecessor.

In a recording obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution acting U.S. Attorney Bobby Christine said Monday he had already rejected two “high profile” election-related cases within the office’s jurisdiction.

“I can tell you I closed the two most — I don’t know, I guess you’d call them high profile or the two most pressing election issues this office has,” he said. “I said I believe, as many of the people around the table believed, there’s just nothing to them.”

Christine also indicated he would like to go public with the findings but could not. “I would love to stand out on the street corner and scream this, and I can’t,” reportedly said.

Christine’s decision not to take up a hobbyhorse of the president is likely to reassure some skeptics who had raised concerns of his independence, given the circumstances of his arrival.

The former U.S. attorney for Northern District of Georgia, Byung “BJay” Pak, resigned last week and was replaced by Christine. The Trump administration passed over the top career prosecutor — who typically takes over in the event of an emergency or sudden vacancy — as Pak’s replacement, opting instead for Christine, who had served as the U.S. Attorney for the southern part of the state.

The shuffling came as the president repeatedly hammered state and federal officials for not taking up cases related to his baseless allegations of mass voter fraud in Georgia and other pivotal states that voted for President-elect Joe Biden.

Georgia in particular has been a fixation of Trump’s, as he was the first Republican presidential candidate to lose the state in a generation. The state’s Republican elected leaders have repeatedly rebuffed the president’s attempts to overturn the election results.

Pak appeared to be referenced in the recording of Trump pressuring Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” enough votes to reverse Biden’s victory in the state. On the call, Trump told Raffensperger that in Georgia “you have your never-Trumper U.S. attorney there,” and though he did not name Pak or anyone else directly, the prosecutor resigned a day after the call was made public.

Christine said he had been named the acting U.S. attorney shortly thereafter “by written order of the President.”

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