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President Donald Trump speaks during a White House Conference on American History at the National Archives Museum on Thursday, September 17, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Oliver Contreras/For The New York Times)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 09: Attorney General Bill Barr leaves the US Capitol after meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in his office on November 9, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Bill Barr
President Donald Trump speaks during a White House Conference on American History at the National Archives Museum on Thursday, September 17, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Oliver Contreras/For The New York Times)
ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 06: Georgia Secretary of State Ben Raffensperger holds a press conference on the status of ballot counting on November 6, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. The 2020 presidential race between incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden is still too close to call with outstanding ballots in a number of states including Georgia. (Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 09: Attorney General Bill Barr leaves the US Capitol after meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in his office on November 9, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Bill Barr

And that, apparently, includes employees of the law firms representing the Trump campaign.

Around the same time that news broke that a Justice Department official — who oversaw the DOJ’s election crimes unit — resigned on Monday evening, the New York Times published a story detailing the angst within the law firms the Trump campaign has tapped to handle its various legal challenges to the election.

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President Donald Trump speaks during a White House Conference on American History at the National Archives Museum on Thursday, September 17, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Oliver Contreras/For The New York Times)

There’s a reason this came out through the media rather than some official DOJ press release.

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DOJ Frees Federal Prosecutors To Take Steps That Could Interfere With Elections, Weakening Long-Standing Policy
In an internal announcement, the Justice Department created an exception to a decadeslong policy meant to prevent prosecutors from taking overt investigative steps that might affect the outcome of the vote.
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