New Atlanta Prosecutor Drops Election Fraud Cases

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The Trump-appointed new acting U.S. Attorney in Atlanta will not pursue spurious election fraud-related cases, assuming the same position that drew White House ire for his predecessor, reports Politico. In a recording obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, acting U.S. Attorney Bobby Christine said he had 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.” He added, “I would love to stand out on the street corner and scream this, and I can’t.”

Christine’s decision not to take up a Donald Trump hobbyhorse is likely to reassure skeptics who had raised concerns of his independence, given the circumstances of his arrival. The former U.S. Attorney, 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 a sudden vacancy — as Pak’s replacement, opting instead for Christine, who served as the U.S. Attorney for the southern part of the state.

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