WASHINGTON – Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday that there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election, in opposition to President Donald Trump’s continued efforts to reverse the results.
“To date, we have not seen any level of fraud that could have achieved a different result in the election,” Barr said in an interview with The Associated Press.
Barr’s comments are one of cabinet members ’sharpest denials to date of Trump’s false and baseless allegations of“ falsified ”elections.
“There’s a growing tendency for the criminal justice system to be used as some sort of default solution, and people don’t like something they want the Department of Justice to come in and investigate,” Barr said.
“Most fraud claims are about very specific circumstances or actors or behavior. These are not systemic allegations,” he continued. “And these were demolished, demolished. Some of them were broad and could potentially have a few thousand votes. They were followed.”
But the DOJ has stressed that it has stopped the investigation and if it receives credible fraud allegations, it will continue these types of cases.
“Some press outlets incorrectly reported that the ministry had completed its investigation into the election fraud and announced that no fraud had been found in the election. The Associated Press did not report on this, nor did the Attorney General make a statement, “a DOJ spokesman said. The Ministry will continue to receive and vigorously pursue all concrete and credible allegations of fraud as soon as possible. “
Barrt was seen entering the White House on Tuesday afternoon. A White House official told NBC News that Barr had met with Chief of Staff Mark Meadows at a planned pace.
Trump has publicly put pressure on the Department of Justice to take part in the election results, telling Fox News on Sunday that he “saw nothing” from the DOJ or the FBI in the 2020 election and regretted that he would “think if it’s the biggest thing you can watch in the FBI or the Department of Justice. ”
Barr, one of Trump’s strongest allies in Washington, reiterated Trump’s many unsubstantiated claims that postal voting was particularly vulnerable to fraud during the coronavirus epidemic. In a September interview with CNN, Barr argued that voting by mail was “full of the risk of fraud and coercion.”
Trump’s legal team responded to Barr’s remarks on Tuesday, saying in a statement that the DOJ did not take “ample evidence of illegal voting” seriously.
“With all due respect to the Attorney General, the investigation by the Ministry of Justice was not visible,” the president’s lawyers wrote.
Trump and other Republicans have filed more than 40 election-related lawsuits, the vast majority of which have failed. Trump’s hopes of winning a second term have been further dashed after the administration last week formally authorized President-elect Joe Biden’s transition process and a number of key states vindicated Biden’s victory. Nevertheless, Trump has vowed to continue fighting the election results.
Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer, DN.Y. he responded to Barr’s remarks and told reporters, “I think he’s the next one to be fired because he still says there is no fraud.”
“Trump seems to be firing anyone who says that in that regard,” he added.
Otherwise, Barr sent a letter to Congress on Tuesday announcing that he had appointed U.S. attorney John Durham as a special counsel who provided him with additional protection under the incoming Biden government to investigate the origins of the FBI’s Russia case.
The White House was not notified of Durham’s appointment back in October, when it did, and administration officials only learned of the appointment when the DOJ announced it on Tuesday – according to a department official.
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