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

Obama lawyer calls for internal Justice Department investigation

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/20/art.acorn.ap.jpg caption="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. witch

    Some one should also look into what the Rep from Minn. said. I hope she gets voted out. I am appalled with all the hate.

    October 20, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  2. Polly

    Ryan K.C.- The only "tactics" being pulled are coming from Obama supporters on the Democrat side who are trying to vote 6 times, charging campaign donations on stolen credit cards, and frankly Senator Obama has not spoken against one of these stunts being pulled. You would never see Senator McCain putting up with that. He would speak out against it.

    October 20, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  3. Janine

    I would think that Republicans on this board would be happy that Obama is asking the special prosecutor to look at Acorn and everyone else involved in this scandal. Aren't you the guys who have been crying foul all this time? Can you pick a theme and stick with it? Either you want to know the full extent of the corruption involving Acorn or you don't.

    October 20, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  4. Lauren

    Also that way when the court demands records from him, he can ignore them just like he is the Berg case.

    October 20, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  5. Keep it Real

    If you are not rich or a racist, vote Obama. Mccain will win, and I will die of a heart attack in my early 30's because I will be broke and our country will be a joke.

    October 20, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  6. John the Electrician

    Yes. they should investigate. Republican party needs to use all possible dirty tricks now because these are all they left. Can you trust any republican to manage the economy? This current republican president contributes half of our national debt – now it is more than 10 trillions and still growing.

    October 20, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  7. Old Dominion for Obama

    Would it surprise me if the GOP was using every filthy trick in the book to help McCain? Not at all.

    They stole 2000 but theyre not going to steal this one unless its over the constitutions lifeless body

    October 20, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  8. Nom De Guerre

    Obama's gonna win folks.

    Those of you in Red States-I'd be thinking of stocking up on ammo if I were you. Come 1/20/09, we are coming after it.

    October 20, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  9. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Suppose ACORN really was behind these bogus registration forms and really hoped to slip them past the local boards of election so that the registrations were made official.

    Does ACORN then drive Mickey Mouse and Tony Romo to the polls so they can vote?

    In what possible universe does it benefit ACORN to fraudulently register individuals that can't possibly slip through the process and make it to the voting booth?

    October 20, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  10. Dave

    of course these slimy partisan jerks are in the bag for McCain. The
    Bush Administration and the United States Non-Justice Department has already been proven to be dishonest and beneath contempt and they will get by with this crap just like they got by with firing honest State Attorney's General. I don't trust the Bush Administration OR the Non-Justice Department to do the right thing any more than i trust the people who strap on bombs and go into restaurants in foreign countries not to set them off. Both camps are at the bottom of the food chain.

    October 20, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  11. Lilly

    I am a middle aged white woman, registered republican who is now proudly voting for Obama. I will put Country First !

    October 20, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  12. redhead from Toronto

    Reagan – You are toxic, won't even read your posts anymore, makes me feel sick. You should tone down your hatred, it's not good for you.

    October 20, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  13. Good night McCain/Palin

    The Republicans are through. They represent a minority of the population now and that gap with Democrats and Independents will only continue to grow. The neo-cons are losing ground and they are throwing up all sorts of slim hoping that it will stick....but the truth is, the majority of Americans are seeing through the bigotry, desperation, hatred. Good night neo-cons, good night MCain/Palin..... almost time for you to go home now.... you ran a despicable campaign.

    October 20, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  14. Steve

    Wow, shocking news. Obama at it again to try and cover up the illegal activities he has been involved in. Sure, send in your own investigators to find (plant) evidence to make it look like you did nothing wrong. Chicago politics don't work in Chicago. What makes you think they are going to work running this country.

    You lied about your connections with Ayers, Wright and ACORN and the only thing you can do is try and push it off as an attack from the Republican party.

    I don't trust Obama now and I don't trust him if he was to become President to do the right thing for this country.

    October 20, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  15. ANGIE

    Rumor has it WV is flipping votes for Obama to Mccain Investigate CNN!

    October 20, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  16. Aida

    an exceptional whiner

    October 20, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  17. Terry

    Is everyone who is not a minority afraid to raise questions and get angry for what is obviously an important issue..voter fraud. Well here’s my solution and heads can fall where they may.

    Voter fraud through Acorn or anybody is Heinous…we give taxpayer money to illegal aliens for social services and now we can’t even count on a constitutional right to vote and it be legitimate to Americans. This is demoralizing. Go after ACORN and it’s affiliates…go after the Ohio secretary of state…this shows corruption at the highest level she violated HAVA . Google it.

    We need our representatives to immediately stop all taxpayers funding to these “community organizers” who have anything to do with politics. We don’t need millions to go to “community organizers” who are running their own agenda. Let’s look at the paperwork they filled out to get these monies and who sponsored them and what there salaries are... I think you will be appalled at the dollar amount.

    If I were Obama I would get "community organizer" off my Presidential resume.

    Resolution… Run governmental TV ads 4 times a year on how to vote and have the forms available at public areas such as libraries, licensing areas, city, state and governmental offices…etc…and let the voting citizen figure out how to get to their forms and get to the polls..we have early registration for those who don’t want to stand in line and mail ins for those elderly or ill who cannot get transportation …everybody can afford a stamp…THIS IS NOT BRAIN SURGERY. All states should have their voters registered 60 days before an election with proof of residency and that they are citizens. Remember register once and vote forever unless you move.

    October 20, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
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