October 20th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama lawyer calls for internal Justice Department investigation

The Obama campaign called Monday for an internal DOJ investigation in the wake of increased federal scrutiny of ACORN, a community organizing group.
The Obama campaign called Monday for an internal DOJ investigation in the wake of increased federal scrutiny of ACORN, a community organizing group.

(CNN) – Obama campaign general counsel Bob Bauer called Monday for a government investigation into whether the White House is working with John McCain’s campaign to raise allegations of voter fraud, telling reporters attorney general Michael Mukasey needed to step in to ensure investigators are "not misused for partisan purposes."

Read: Bauer's Monday letter to Mukasey

A special prosecutor is investigating similar charges against the Justice Department over the controversial dismissals of several U.S. attorneys, including David Yglesias, who said he was fired for resisting pressure to prosecute ACORN, the embattled community group at the center of a sustained Republican campaign alleging voter fraud among supporters of Barack Obama.

Bauer spoke with reporters on a Monday conference call days after news broke that the FBI is taking a closer look at ACORN. Last week, he said the special prosecutor’s mandate should be expanded to include the rising government scrutiny of the community group.

Listen: Obama lawyer calls for an internal DOJ investigation

On Monday, he sent a letter to Mukasey saying said that the inspector general needed to investigate, because the prosecutor didn’t have the jurisdiction needed to look into the department’s activities - whether it complied with its own policies.

ACORN has said it registered roughly 1.3 million voters this year, but has come under fire because some of the registrations turned in by contract workers hired by the group have contained false information.


Filed under: ACORN • Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (142 Responses)
  1. Grandma

    Obama
    an exceptional president

    October 20, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  2. Rich from KS

    Good! I'm glad Obama is fighting back!

    McCain is out of time! The voters are not straying away from the issues this year John (McCain) six-pack...

    October 20, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  3. D.

    Obama lawyers are always active in all his campaigns to find loopholes...... this way he ran against: no-opponent in Illinois,
    opponents with dirt dug out of the "reliable" divorce papers! and now
    he is running against George Bush (ah ah...)...
    Lawyers......................... well.............

    October 20, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  4. Countdown with Keith Olbermann

    It's about time a democratic candidate called the republicans on their illegal tactics. The McCain campaign, along with the Bush administration, has been working side by side with the pro-Bush & McCain justic department to spread unfounded propeganda to the public for many years now. It's about time someone called them on their illegal activities and did something about it.

    October 20, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  5. Red, Red WHINE!!

    With a record that includes the Keating Five and abuses of power as an elected governor, you now darn well that McCain and Palin are committing crimes and fixxing this election with every unethical trick in the book.

    Kudo's to the Obama campaign for stopping them in their tracks, for not allowing their corrupt and criminal ways to continue.

    McCain/Palin: the most corrupt and morally bankrupt ticket in American history.

    October 20, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  6. Sue from KC

    Finally, the democrats are being pro active – please keep your viewers infordmed. This is very important.

    October 20, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  7. Independent but Leaning

    The Obama free-speech suppression machine fires up again. I hope you guys are taking notes on how he deals with the dissidents.

    These tactics, "spread the wealth" and the international crisis comments by Biden should scare the heck out of any sane person.

    This is inexperience in action folks. God help this country if this meglomaniacal lightweight gets elected.

    October 20, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  8. Thanks Acorn

    I just voted early. Voted for Obama 26 times. Thanks ACORN.

    October 20, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  9. Nia from Minneapolis

    After ACORN is thoroughly investigated could someone look into the voting machines in W Virginia that appear to be flipping votes from Obama over to McCain?

    October 20, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  10. Meka

    That's right Senator Obama...We all, remember the 2000 Election!

    Republican's will stop at nothing!

    Obama/Biden '08-'12

    October 20, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  11. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    McCain/Palin's involvement in such a scheme would not surprise me. The Republicans are so scared now.

    October 20, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  12. stophate

    That sounds very plausible. Bush and Co. are a dirty tricks machine. I will be satisfied though if Bush gets brought up on war crimes charges after the election.

    October 20, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  13. Jon

    Can we please get it straight...It's not voter fraud. It's voter registration fraud. It's a HUGE difference. Just because the registrations may be off, it doesn't mean there are tons of people voting illegally. This distinction needs to be made clear.

    October 20, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  14. hmm...

    this is the best way to get to the bottom of it

    October 20, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  15. Lee

    People Please make sure your voter information is correct. Hopefully we have all learned our lesson after the Jeb Bush Florida Tragedy (Al Gore vs George W McBush.). Do not let the republicans steal our votes again!!!!!!! Make sure you are registered and make sure you Vote!!!!

    October 20, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  16. Brielle

    GOOD FOR THE OBAMA CAMP! It's about time this GOP witch-hunt is stopped in its tracks. The cronyism that goes on within the GOP is disgusting, and it needs to end on Nov. 4th.

    October 20, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  17. Missy

    Good move on Obama's part!!! I think he's too smart too let this happen yet again. It's a big deal if the current administration is playing these kinds of games in order to get their guy elected.

    October 20, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  18. Raymond J.

    Thats the repubs style and remember 2004 and even 2000.
    They scream a lot so as to get attention away from themselves.
    Your a bunch of sorry sob's, try winning on merit if you have some

    October 20, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  19. Obama Insider

    Look at these comments from our supporters right here on CNN:

    Becky, Ca October 15th, 2008 9:23 pm ET
    "I WILL TAKE AYER ANY DAY OVER SARAH PALIN"

    Alan D. Ackerman October 15th, 2008 11:04 pm ET
    "Bill Ayers "used" to be a terrorist. He is an educator now. Doesn't that say that the system trusts him now?"

    I'm so glad that I am in the party of tolerance towards former terrorists. Where would this country be if we shunned our terrorist friends? The two comments above are from well informed and genuine Democratic supporters of our next president, Barack Obama.

    October 20, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  20. Republican for Obama

    This whole ACORN thing is a farce

    October 20, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  21. tulsa

    I'm glad to see this happening before the 11/4 rather than after the fact.

    October 20, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  22. confused miami

    I guess this time they finnally fighting back, please don't let them steal another election. Because how can we be an example to the rest of the world if we can't get legal election. How can we complain if we beliefe other countrys election where illigal if our own has been again.

    October 20, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  23. ED

    Everyone needs to watch HBO's Hacking Democracy.

    Obama!

    October 20, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  24. RWG

    Glad that Obama is being proactive here. One step ahead of the Republication abuses and manipulation of the election process we've seen before.

    October 20, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  25. mark

    it takes awhile but good will win over evil ,,,,OBAMA PRESIDENT

    October 20, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
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