William Barr said Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Justice has not uncovered evidence of widespread voter fraud that would change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
The Attorney General’s remarks are despite the fact that Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed to steal the election and refuses to allow Joe Biden to be elected president.
Shortly after the posts were made public, a report by the White House pool said the Attorney General was seen entering the building.
Trump did not comment immediately. But campaign lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis said in a statement: “With the utmost respect for the Attorney General, his opinion appears to be devoid of knowledge and investigation of evidence of material irregularities and systemic fraud.”
Barr made his remarks in an interview with the Associated Press. U.S. lawyers and FBI agents are working to follow up on complaints and information, he said, but have found no evidence to change the election result.
“To date, we have not seen any level of fraud that could have achieved a different result in the election,” Barr said.
Barr was one of the president’s most ardent allies. He repeatedly raised the issue before the election that voting by mail could be vulnerable to fraud during the coronavirus epidemic as Americans feared they would vote.
Last month, Barr issued a directive to U.S. lawyers that allowed them to pursue “significant allegations” of voting irregularities before the election was verified, even though there was no evidence of widespread fraud at the time.
This memorandum allowed prosecutors to tour class policy. Shortly after his release, the ministry’s chief election criminal officer announced he was stepping aside because of the record.
The Trump team, led by Giuliani, claims 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 polling observers in some locations did not have a clear enough view, so something illegal had to happen.
The claims were denied several times, including by judges appointed by Republicans. Republicans in some battlefield states followed Trump with unsupported demands.
Trump protested the election, although according to his own administration, it was the safest ever. He recently allowed his administration to begin the transition to Biden, but he still refused to admit he had lost.
The issues raised by Trump’s campaign and allies are typical of the election: problems with signatures, confidentiality envelopes, and postal markings on postal ballot papers, and the possibility of a small number of ballot papers being misled or lost.
Attorney Sidney Powell filmed fictional tales about election systems reversing votes, German servers storing U.S. voting information and election software set up in Venezuela “on Hugo Chávez’s instructions” – the Venezuelan president passed away in 2013.
Powell was removed from Trump’s team after threatening to “blow up” Georgia with a “biblical” court filing.
Barr 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 the [Department of Homeland Security] and the DoJ have looked into this, and so far we have not seen anything to support this. “
According to Barr, people have confused the application of the federal criminal justice system with allegations in civil lawsuits. According to him, the remedy for such complaints would be top-down control by state or local officials, not the DoJ.
“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.
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. These are not systemic claims and they have been destroyed; they run down, ”Barr said. “Some were wide-ranging and potentially covered a few thousand votes. They were followed.
Giuliani and Ellis insisted that “ample evidence of illegal voting had been gathered in at least six states,” and “many witnesses had sworn an oath to commit crimes related to voter fraud.”
“As far as we know, the DoJ did not conduct any interviews,” they said, adding, “Nevertheless, we will continue our quest for justice through the judiciary and state legislatures.”
Chuck Schumer Barr, a New York Democrat senator and Senate minority leader, said emphatically at the press conference, “I think he’s the next one to be fired.”
Bill Kristol is a conservative commentator tweeted word of mouth to sue Giuliani and Ellis against Barr and the Department of Justice.
“And since Rudy and Ellis are Trump’s campaign attorneys and Barr is the Trump Administration attorney, the case may be called Trump v. Trump. That would be the right end to the whole circus, ”he tweeted.
In another surreal twist, Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson demanded that Barr “show everyone” proof that there is no mass fraud.
Ron Johnson says the attorney general “must show everyone” evidence that there is no mass fraud because “there is enough suspicion” and “irregularity” there.
Asked if he wasn’t happy with Barr’s conclusion, Johnson added, “I think there are still enough questions.”
– Manu Raju (@mkraju) December 1, 2020
Meanwhile, like Trump continued tweeting Increasingly savage and unsubstantiated allegations of fraud, one of Georgia’s top election officials, Gabriel Sterling, called on him to stop.
“Don’t inspire people to commit any acts of violence. Someone is hurt, someone is killed, someone is killed, and that’s not right. It’s not right, he said.
Sterling, the voting system manager for Georgia’s foreign minister’s office, has police protection around his home due to threats, he told a county technician who said he should be hanged for treason and that the secretary’s wife “gets sexually threatened”. ”.
Tensions are high in Georgia, where two January election elections will determine which party controls the senate. The state, which is usually a Republican vote, supported Joe Biden in the presidential race.