Attorney General William P. Barr said on Tuesday that the Justice Department found no evidence of widespread voter fraud. Barr told The Associated Press that the DOJ did not find fraud at a scale that can affect election results. This contradicts President Donald Trump’s assertion of widespread cheating. Consequently, the remarks also confirmed Democrat Joe Biden’s victory.
Mr. Barr’s comments address Trump’s unsupported claims. It also offers a counter to the President’s accusations of who the conspirators were. Earlier, Trump implied that the DOJ and the FBI helped perpetrate the fraud. In a Fox News interview Sunday, Trump said “You would think if you're in the FBI or Department of Justice, this is — this is the biggest thing you could be looking at. Where are they? I have not seen anything. I mean, I just — they just keep moving along, and they go on to the next president.”
Barr has yet to see instances of fraud on a scale that could affect the election's outcome. He also addressed claims that voting machines manipulated votes in favor of Biden. “There’s been one assertion that would be systemic fraud and that would be the claim that machines were programmed essentially to skew the election results. And the DHS and DOJ have looked into that, and so far, we haven’t seen anything to substantiate that,” he said.
Prior to Tuesday’s statement, Barr noted that mail-in voting can be susceptible to fraud. This applies especially during the coronavirus pandemic. Because of the outbreaks, Americans wisely chose to vote by mail instead of voting in person.
Barr pointed out that people's “growing tendency” to view the DOJ as a “default fix-all.” He said people think the Justice Department should immediately come in when they don't like something. Barr added that most fraud claims point to a “particular set of circumstances or actors or conduct.”
After the elections, Barr sent prosecutors to investigate “substantial allegations” of voting irregularities. He asked them to look out for “clear and apparently-credible allegations of irregularities” that can impact the state election outcomes. Also, Barr reminded prosecutors to not initiate federal inquiries for “specious, speculative, fanciful or far-fetched claims.”
Trump Team Rebuts Barr
The Trump legal team, headed by Rudy Giuliani, issued a statement. The Department failed to conduct a proper investigation of their complaints. “With all due respect to the Attorney General, there hasn’t been any semblance of a Department of Justice investigation,” the statement said. “We have gathered ample evidence of illegal voting in at least six states, which they have not examined. We have many witnesses swearing under oath they saw crimes being committed in connection with voter fraud. As far as we know, not a single one has been interviewed by the DOJ. The Justice Department also hasn’t audited any voting machines or used their subpoena powers to determine the truth.”
“Nonetheless, we will continue our pursuit of the truth through the judicial system and state legislatures, and continue toward the Constitution’s mandate and ensuring that every legal vote is counted and every illegal vote is not. Again, with the greatest respect to the Attorney General, his opinion appears to be without any knowledge or investigation of the substantial irregularities and evidence of systemic fraud.”
Mitch McConnell Joins the Chorus
Barr’s statements imply a tacit acceptance of the election results. This also gives an implied recognition of Biden’s win. Then, add Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s acknowledgment of a “new administration.” McConnell has yet to acknowledge Biden, but his recent remark points to a new mindset. This might mean that the window for disputing election results is closing fast for Trump. This also signals growing pressure from Republicans to accept the results.
Watch the CBS News report where Attorney General William Barr states that there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud that can change the election outcome:
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