As claims of election voter fraud continue, DOJ’s Richard Pilger has reportedly quit his role as Head of Election Crimes.
On November 9th, emails from Pilger were released that outlined plans to resign from his role at the US Department of Justice.
“Having familiarised myself with the new policy and its ramification, I must regretfully resign from my role as director of election crimes branch,” he wrote in the email, which was obtained by The New York Times and shared on social media after.
In the email, Pilger mentions his resignation comes as protest to Trump’s attorney William Barr’s decision to authorise investigation into voter fraud.
Who is Richard Pilger?
Born in 1965, Pilger is 55 years old. He attended The University of Notre Dame to study philosophy and ethics, graduating in 1987. He later studied law at Indiana University between 1987 and 1990.
According to his LinkedIn page, he’s based in Vienna, Virginia.
Prior to becoming the Head of Election Crimes, Pilger worked different roles in the Department of Justice, including as a trial attorney, a role in which he investigated and prosecuted federal corruption offences.
He started his role as Director of Election Crimes in 2010, where he has worked until yesterday.
What does his job entail?
As Head of Election Crimes in the DOJ, his role consists of supervising all federal election offence investigations and prosecutions.
According to his resignation email, PIN Deputy Chief Robert J. Heberle will take over as Head of Election Crimes.
In 2013, Pilger came under fire after emails showed him allegedly discussing plans with the IRS to look into tax-exempt organisations who had been involved politically. He faced claims that the investigation was biased against Republican organisations.