Attorney General Bill Barr told the Associated Press on Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Justice found no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the presidential election.
Barr told the AP that FBI and U.S. lawyers have been investigating allegations of fraud since the Nov. 3 vote, but have not uncovered any evidence that would change the outcome of the race between President Donald Trump and President-elect Joe Biden.
“To date, we have not seen any level of fraud that could have achieved a different result in the election,” Barr told the AP.
Major news networks and the AP announced the competition for Biden on November 7, but Trump has yet to accept it. In the weeks since then, Trump’s re-election campaign has launched several lawsuits across the country in battlefield states, alleging that the votes were cast illegally or counted illegally. Meanwhile, the president has consistently stated that Democrats have “stolen” the election as a result of widespread voter fraud, widely rejected allegations.
During a Sunday interview with Fox Business, Trump said his own Department of Justice was “missing from the action” after Maria Bartiromo asked if the department was investigating the “serious allegations” of the Trump campaign.
“It’s unthinkable. You might think that if you’re in the FBI or the Department of Justice, that’s the biggest thing you could watch. Where are they? I haven’t seen anything. They’re just moving on and moving on to the next president,” he said.
Trump also suggested that the department and the FBI may have been “involved” in fraudulent elections against him, as he doubled his allegations that the election was “fraud.”
“It’s unbelievable how the FBI and the Department of Justice – I don’t know – get involved, but that people can get rid of this thing,” Trump said.
Barr, who has been a strong Trump supporter since the president was appointed head of the Department of Justice in late 2018, said he was investigating allegations of election fraud.
“Most fraud claims are about very specific circumstances or actors or behavior. These are not systemic allegations,” Barr told AP. “Some of them were wide-ranging and could potentially have a few thousand votes. They were followed.”
After the AP released its report, two of Trump’s campaign attorneys, Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis, issued a joint statement saying they had “amassed ample evidence” of voter fraud.
“With all due respect to the Attorney General, the investigation by the Ministry of Justice was not visible,” the statement said. “In at least six states, we have gathered a wealth of evidence of illegal voting that has not been investigated. Many of our witnesses swear to have committed criminal fraud in connection with voter fraud. To our knowledge, none to establish the truth. “
Lawyers said they would continue to “pursue the truth” through the justice system and state legislatures, ensuring that “all legal votes are counted and not all illegal votes are counted.”
“With the utmost respect for the Attorney General, his opinion appears to be without knowledge or investigation of evidence of material irregularities and systemic fraud,” the statement said.
Newsweek he submitted a comment to the Ministry of Justice but did not receive an adequate response to the publication.
This story has been updated with more information and background.