The Trump campaign on Tuesday criticized Attorney General Bar Barr for telling reporters that there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud after an unsatisfactory investigation was conducted.
Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s lawyer, prompted Barr to launch an investigation into the campaign’s allegations that the election was ruined by fraudulent votes. Barr told the Associated Press on Tuesday that the FBI and U.S. lawyers had not uncovered any scams that could have been discovered “to the extent” that could have altered the results of the presidential race.
But Giuliani and Jenna Ellis, senior legal counsel for the Trump campaign, suppressed Barr’s remarks. They said there was no “investigation by the Ministry of Justice” and that the ministry had not examined the campaign evidence of “illegal voting” in six states.
Trump’s lawyers also criticized Barr for not using his “subpoena power to establish the truth,” or for checking none of the voting machines. One of the complaints about the election Trump campaign was that the voting system used was tied to foreign organizations and would have been hacked to change the votes.
Barr told the AP that U.S. lawyers and FBI agents are working to follow up on complaints and information they receive. He also referred to the allegation that machines had been programmed to distort the election results, saying that the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice had “investigated this and so far we have not seen anything to support it”.
Of the specific allegations that the department became aware of, Barr said a few thousand votes were involved and the allegations were “followed.” He noted that people may mistakenly think that if they don’t like something, the Department of Justice “should step in and investigate,” but many complaints need to be resolved at the civilian level.
On Nov. 9, a few days after President-elect Joe Biden won enough election votes to be declared a winner, Barr issued a reminder to U.S. lawyers, assistant attorney general, and the FBI director. In it, it empowered them to pursue “significant allegations” of irregularities in voting before states justify the results if “clear and seemingly credible allegations” could affect the outcome of the election.
Barr added that he had already approved the trials “in specific cases,” but did not detail their outcome and what they elicited. The reminder cut back on the politicization of the election, but with the latest remarks from the Attorney General, he could fall into Trump’s crosshairs. Barr was seen entering the White House an hour after the AP story was published, but a Justice Department spokesman said he was there at a previously scheduled meeting with White House cabinet chief Mark Meadows.
On Sunday, Trump told Maria Bartiromó of Fox Business that the election was “complete fraud” and that “perhaps” the FBI and the Department of Justice were “involved.”
Trump has not yet allowed Biden to be elected and continues to insist that he be declared the winner. Despite a number of lawsuits unsuccessfully, the campaign promised to continue the fight, Giuliani said the campaign has enough voter fraud to change the election result.
The former mayor of New York City has previously questioned why Barr was not involved in the issue. Now that the Attorney General has considered, Giuliani and Ellis said they will “continue our pursuit of justice” to ensure that “all legal votes are counted and all illegal votes are not.”
“Once again, with the utmost respect for the Attorney General, his opinion does not seem to know or investigate material irregularities and evidence of systemic fraud,” the two lawyers said.