Attorney General William Barr said on Tuesday the Justice Department did not uncover evidence of widespread voter fraud that would change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
His remarks are despite President Donald Trump repeatedly claiming the election was stolen and refusing to acknowledge the loss of President-elect Joe Biden.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Barr said U.S. lawyers and FBI agents were working to follow up on complaints and information they received, but did not uncover any evidence that would change the election result.
“To date, we have not seen any level of fraud that could have affected the other outcome of the election,” Barr told the AP.
The remarks come in particular from Barr, who was one of the president’s most ardent allies. Prior to the election, he repeatedly raised the idea that mail fraud could be particularly vulnerable to fraud during the coronavirus epidemic, as Americans feared they would vote and chose to vote by mail instead.
Last month, Barr issued a directive to U.S. lawyers across the country that allowed them to pursue “significant allegations” of voting irregularities, if any, before verifying the 2020 presidential election, even though there was no evidence at the time widespread fraud. This memorandum allowed prosecutors to exercise caution in the long-standing policy of the Ministry of Justice, which would generally prohibit such open action before elections are justified. Shortly after his release, the department’s chief election criminal officer announced that he was stepping down from this post because of the reminder.
The Trump campaign team, led by Rudy Giuliani, referred to a widespread conspiracy by Democrats to throw millions of illegal votes into the system without evidence. Several lawsuits were filed in the battlefield states, claiming that partisan pollsters were not clear enough about their views of polling stations in certain rooms, so something illegal had to happen. The allegations have been rejected several times, including by Republican judges who have ruled that the lawsuits have no evidence. Local Republicans in some battlefield states followed Trump with similar unsupported demands.
Trump protested the election in tweets and interviews, although his own administration said the 2020 election was the safest ever. Trump recently allowed his administration to begin the transition to Biden, but he still refused to admit he lost.
The issues raised by Trump’s campaign and his allies are common to all elections: Problems with signatures, confidentiality envelopes, and postal markings on postal ballot papers, as well as the possibility that a small number of ballot papers are incorrect or lost.
But federal rehearsals were also requested for the claims. Attorney Sidney Powell filmed fictional tales about reversing votes, with German servers storing U.S. voting information and election software created in Venezuela “under the control of Hugo Chavez,” the late Venezuelan president who passed away in 2013. Powell has since been removed from the legal team after an interview he gave, threatening to “blow up” Georgia with a “biblical” court filing.
Barr did not name Powell specifically, but said, “There was an allegation that would be systemic fraud, and that would claim that the machines were essentially programmed to bias election results. And DHS and the DOJ have looked into that, and so far we haven’t seen anything to support that, ”Barr said.
He says people confuse the application of the federal criminal justice system with allegations in civil lawsuits. According to him, such a remedy for such complaints would be a top-down inspection by state or local officials, not the U.S. Department of Justice.
“There’s a growing trend to use the criminal justice system 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.
He said it must first be substantiated to believe that there is a crime that needs to be investigated.
“Most fraud claims are about very specific circumstances or actors or behavior. Non – systematic claims and. And these were demolished; they run down, ”Barr said. “Some were wide-ranging and potentially covered a few thousand votes. They were followed.