Feds Target Those Making Threats Against Election Officials

The Federal Docket

September 27, 2021

As reported by CNN, the FBI and other federal agencies are taking an aggressive approach to investigating threats against election officials. The news follows months of reporting regarding threats, intimidation, and harassment experienced by state-level elections officials in the wake of the 2020 elections, which former President Trump claims was “rigged” and “stolen” from him.

Earlier this summer, the Department of Justice created a task force to address potential violence against elections officials. According to CNN, the federal government has begun outreach to specific officials who have been receiving threats, including officials in Fulton County, Georgia and in Arizona.

The new task force was formed under the DOJ’s Public Integrity section, which is usually charged with investigating and prosecuting political corruption. Now, the section claims to have specially designated agents and prosecutors “in every jurisdiction in the country.” Charges will likely be brought based on the connection between the threats and the mail or interstate communications. The threats will likely also need to meet some threshold for credibility.

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Tom Church - Tom is a trial and appellate lawyer focusing on criminal defense and civil trials. Tom is the author of "The Federal Docket" and is a contributor to Mercer Law Review's Annual Survey in the areas of federal sentencing guidelines and criminal law. Tom graduated with honors from the University of Georgia Law School where he served as a research assistant to the faculty in the areas of constitutional law and civil rights litigation. Read Tom's reviews on AVVO. Follow Tom on Linkedin.

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