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    William McSwain served as the US attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from 2018 until January 2021, during the presidency of Donald Trump, who nominated him for the post.

    Former US President Donald Trump on Monday on his Telegram channel posted a letter written by ex-US attorney of Pennsylvania, in which the latter slams the Justice Department orders on how to respond to the election fraud allegations.

    "On Election Day and afterwards, our Office received various allegations of voter fraud and election irregularities," the letter said. "As part of my responsibilities as U.S. Attorney, I wanted to be transparent with the public and, of course, investigate fully any allegations. Attorney General Barr, however, instructed me not to make any public statements or put out any press releases regarding possible election irregularities."

    According to reports, Barr called the election fraud claims "just bulls**t" during a December 2020 meeting in the White House.

    A cardboard cutout depicting U.S. President Donald Trump is seen in front of Pennsylvania State Capitol, as supporters of him are expected to protest against the election of President-elect Joe Biden, outside the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S. January 17, 2021
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    A cardboard cutout depicting U.S. President Donald Trump is seen in front of Pennsylvania State Capitol, as supporters of him are expected to protest against the election of President-elect Joe Biden, outside the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S. January 17, 2021

    McSwain noted that he was instructed to pass "serious allegations" to the State Attorney General for investigation - "the same State Attorney General who had already declared that you could not win", referring to Democrat Josh Shapiro, then-Attorney General of Pennsylvania. 

    At the time, Shapiro said that the state found "absolutely no evidence" of what Trump claimed was widespread "voter fraud" that allowed his rival, Joe Biden, to win the 2020 presidential election. Days before the November election, Shapiro tweeted that "Trump is going to lose".

    ​In his letter, McSwain revealed that he is going to run for Pennsylvania governor in 2022 and saying he would be "honored to have your support". He also elaborated on the electoral reforms he would support in the state, particularly outlining his commitment to protect "the right of all Pennsylvania citizens to cast a legitimate vote".

    In his own statement, Trump expressed outrage over the situation McSwain described in the letter.

    "US Attorney from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania was precluded from investigating election fraud allegations", Trump wrote. "Outrageous!"

    Foul Play During 2020 Elections?

    Trump, along with his supporters, continues to assert that he was the winner of the 2020 White House race, adding that the election was "stolen" from him. In late June, the former president slammed former US Attorney General William Barr, his now-estranged ally, as "a man who was unable to handle the pressure" of "the 2020 presidential election scam".

    Trump's claims of election fraud have met vehement opposition from Democrats and many state authorities, with multiple audits ruling that no widespread voter scam took place during the 2020 election. However, in late June, Georgia State Secretary Brad Raffensperger, who earlier denied fraud claims, admitted that voting irregularities took place in Atlanta, particularly in Fulton County.

    "New revelations that Fulton County is unable to produce all ballot drop box transfer documents will be investigated thoroughly, as we have with other counties that failed to follow Georgia rules and regulations regarding drop boxes. This cannot continue", Raffensperger tweeted at the time, ordering a new audit of thousands of ballots.

    ​Trump welcomed the tweets as "very big news", declaring that "people are starting to see the light".

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