Richard Pilger Bio, Wiki
Richard Pilger is an American lawyer and the former director of the Election Crimes Branch, at the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice. He resigned on November 9, 2020, after United states attorney general William Barr gave authorization for federal prosecutors to investigate allegations of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election, going against longstanding guidance.
As the Elections Crime Branch Director at the DOJ, Pilger was responsible for prosecuting illegal campaign finance coordination efforts. In early 2015, the DOJ announced it planned to “aggressively pursue coordination offenses at every appropriate opportunity,” in anticipation of the 2016 elections. Therefore, these cases, if they materialize, will fall under Pilger’s jurisdiction.
In February 2015, Tyler Harber, a Republican campaign manager, and political consultant pleaded guilty “to one count of coordinated federal election contributions and one count of making false statements to the FBI.” This case, which was prosecuted by Pilger and Chief Mark D. Lytle of the Financial Crimes and Public Corruption Unit of the Eastern District of Virginia, was the first criminal prosecution for campaign finance coordination between political committees in the United States.
Richard Pilger DOJ top crimes prosecutor resigns
The Justice Department’s top election crimes prosecutor resigned Monday, October 9th in protest after Attorney General William Barr told federal prosecutors that they should examine allegations of voting irregularities before states move to certify results in the coming weeks.
Richard Pilger, director of the elections crimes branch in the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section, told colleagues in an email that the attorney general was issuing “an important new policy abrogating the forty-year-old Non-Interference Policy for ballot fraud investigations in the period prior to elections becoming certified and uncontested.” Pilger also forwarded the memo to colleagues in his resignation letter.
Pilger’s resignation email didn’t make clear whether he plans to stay in the department in another capacity.