FBI Probing Discarded Pro-Trump Absentee Ballots Case as DoJ Says Preliminary Findings ‘Troubling’

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US President Donald Trump has repeatedly opposed the nationwide shift to absentee and mail-in voting proposed amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, claiming that Democrats could win the November election via sending out millions of mail-in ballots or stealing millions of votes, in what he claims would be “the greatest scam in history”.

The US Department of Justice on Thursday announced that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating an incident of nine absentee ballots, the majority of them cast for President Donald Trump, recovered in garbage near the Pennsylvania city of Scranton.

In a Thursday press release, US Attorney David Freed said that there were nine recovered absentee ballots, adding that seven were cast for Trump, while two other ballots “had been resealed inside their appropriate envelopes”, so their contents “are unknown”.

In an initial statement, now deleted, the Justice Department official said that “All nine ballots were cast for presidential candidate Donald Trump.”

The investigation into the incident was started on Monday by the FBI and Pennsylvania State Police personnel, according to Freed.

Later on Thursday, the Justice Department sent a letter to election officials in Luzerne, demanding the county change its “method for processing received military ballots”, arguing that preliminary findings of the inquiry into the incident “are…

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