U.S. Attorney General William Barr testifies at the House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 28, 2020.
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The U.S. Department of Justice has found no evidence of large-scale voting fraud that would reverse President Joe Biden’s planned election victory for President Donald Trump, Attorney General William Barr said in a new interview on Tuesday.
Barr’s statement to the Associated Press supports the claim of Trump, his lawyers and many of his political allies that he was the victim of a massive voting fraud that led him out of victory.
“To date, we have not seen any level of fraud that could have affected the other outcome of the election,” Barr told the AP.
Barr, who is the head of the DOJ, told the news service that federal prosecutors and FBI agents were investigating complaints of possible fraud, but found no evidence that could reverse Biden’s victory, the AP reported.
“Most fraud claims are about very specific circumstances or actors or behavior. These are not systemic allegations. And they have been demolished, demolished,” Barr said.
“Some of them were wide-ranging and could potentially have a few thousand votes. They were followed.”
Shortly after the Associated Press published its story, Barr was seen entering the White House, CNN writes. There was no scheduled meeting between Barr and Trump on Tuesday.
After election day, Barr authorized federal prosecutors to investigate “significant” voting irregularities or fraud allegations if they were discovered before the competition was verified.
In an interview with the AP, Barr strongly rejected the conspiracy theory supported by attorney Sidney Powell, a former member of the Trump campaign legal team who claimed that vote counting machines were installed in Georgia and other battlefield states to win Biden there.
“There was an allegation that would be systemic fraud, and that would mean the allegations that the machines were essentially programmed to bias the election results. And DHS and the DOJ have looked into that, and so far we haven’t seen anything to support that,” Barr said. without identifying Powell by name.
Security officials in the Trump administration publicly defended the integrity of the election, calling it “the safest in American history.”
Shortly after the Associated Press published his article, Trump again tweeted a allegation about alleged election fraud.
“I hope everyone is watching @ OANN just now. Other media are afraid of the release, “Trump wrote on Twitter.” People are like never before. A big truck carrying hundreds of thousands of FAKE ballots to a polling station? HORROR – SAVE AMERICA! “
A DOJ spokesman did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comments on Barr’s comments.
The Transitional Team of the White House, Trump, and Biden did not respond immediately to CNBC’s comments.
Biden, the former Democratic vice president, is projected to get 306 votes in the Electoral College, 36 more votes than he needs to appoint the presidency. The Electoral College will meet on December 14 to elect the President.
Trump’s legal team and allies have repeatedly lost or withdrawn lawsuits seeking to invalidate Biden’s votes in several states where the Republican president must win to overthrow his opponent’s expected victory.
Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, suggested that state legislatures essentially ignore the public votes that were victorious for Biden and appoint Trump’s electors to the Electoral College.