AG Barr Says No Evidence Of Fraud That’d Change Election Outcome

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Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday the Justice Department has not uncovered evidence of widespread voter fraud that would change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.

His comments come despite President Donald Trump’s repeated claims that the election was stolen, and his refusal to concede his loss to President-Elect Joe Biden.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Barr said U.S. attorneys and FBI agents have been working to follow up specific complaints and information they’ve received, but they’ve uncovered no evidence that would change the outcome of the election.

“To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election,” Barr told the AP.

The comments are especially direct coming from Barr, who has been one of the president’s most ardent allies. Before the election, he had repeatedly raised the notion that mail-in voter fraud could be especially vulnerable to fraud during the coronavirus pandemic as Americans feared going to polls and instead chose to vote by mail.

Last month, Barr issued a directive to U.S. attorneys across the country allowing them to pursue any “substantial allegations” of voting irregularities, if they existed, before the 2020 presidential election was certified, despite no evidence at that time of widespread fraud. That memorandum gave prosecutors the ability to go around longstanding Justice Department policy that normally would prohibit such overt actions before the election was certified. Soon after it was issued, the department’s top elections crime official announced he would step aside from that position because of the memo.

The Trump campaign team led by Rudy Giuliani has been alleging a widespread conspiracy by Democrats to dump millions of illegal votes into the system with no evidence. They have filed multiple lawsuits in battleground states alleging that partisan poll watchers didn’t have a clear enough view at polling sites in some locations and therefore something illegal must have happened. The claims have been repeatedly dismissed including by Republican judges who have ruled the suits lacked evidence. Local Republicans in some battleground states have followed Trump in making similar unsupported claims.

Trump has railed against the election in tweets and in interviews though his own administration has said the 2020 election was the most secure ever. Trump recently allowed his administration to begin the transition over to Biden, but has still refused to admit he lost.

The issues Trump’s campaign and its allies have pointed to are typical in every election: Problems with signatures, secrecy envelopes and postal marks on mail-in ballots, as well as the potential for a small number of ballots miscast or lost.

But they’ve also requested federal probes into the claims. Attorney Sidney Powell has spun fictional tales of election systems flipping votes, German servers storing U.S. voting information and election software created in Venezuela “at the direction of Hugo Chavez,” – the late Venezuelan president who died in 2013. Powell has since been removed from the legal team after an interview she gave where she threatened to “blow up” Georgia with a “biblical” court filing.

Barr didn’t name Powell specifically but said: “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,” Barr said.

He said people were confusing the use of the federal criminal justice system with allegations that should be made in civil lawsuits. He said such a remedy for those complaints would be a top-down audit conducted by state or local officials, not the U.S. Justice Department.

“There’s a growing tendency to use the criminal justice system as sort of a default fix-all, and people don’t like something they want the Department of Justice to come in and ‘investigate,’” Barr said.

He said first of all there must be a basis to believe there is a crime to investigate.

“Most claims of fraud are very particularized to a particular set of circumstances or actors or conduct. They are not systemic allegations and. And those have been run down; they are being run down,” Barr said. “Some have been broad and potentially cover a few thousand votes. They have been followed up on.”

(AP)


9 COMMENTS

  1. No surprise here from the AG who declared that Jeffry Epstein “killed” himself and is AWOL on Obamagate/Spygate. DOG and FBI are part of the coup.

  2. Barr has always backed Trump, what happened? Maybe he is telling the truth once or he wants that Republicans should come out in the Georgia senate runoff senate elections.

  3. Perhaps Mr. Barr/DOJ hasn’t, but plenty of others have and the testimony and other evidence of what appears to be massive, multi-state election fraud is widely available. Maybe W.B. has been using a blindfold and earplugs in addition to a facemask the past few weeks.

  4. I side with the president in that these fraudulent election practices must be called out. Nothing will now change the actual election result but fraud must be called out.

  5. Fake News: Barr and FBI has not followed up any specific complaints of voter fraud yet they have uncovered no evidence that would change the outcome?

  6. Post fact world…

    If Trump says it, it must be true! If Trump’s own lackeys admit that it’s nonsense, they’re part of the coup!

  7. 1. Incompetence is not “fraud”, and most of the issues pertain to Covid19 and absentee mail-in ballots, which had never been done in this manner before.

    2. The challenged ballots would not be enough to change the outcome of the presidential election.

    3. If you ignore the presidential elections, the Republicans had a pretty good election. They won almost 2/3 of the Senate seats being contested, and significantly improved their numbers in the House of Representative, and made gains in state elections. If the Democrats were engaged in fraud, they would have also stolen the other elections as well. While Democratic “ballot box stuffing” is a tradition going back almost two centuries, they NEVER split their ticket.

    4. Trump had thought he would be helping the rest of the ticket, but the results suggest he was a liability to rest of the ticket. Expect the Republicans, while perhaps keeping much of Trump’s (non-conservative) populist ideology, to reject much of Trump’s behaviors that made him unpopular in spite of the popularity of his ideology and policies.

  8. To MoisheInGogoboots: You have still not answered my question, i.e., are you being paid for your posts on this or any other website? I have been asking for a week or two. What inferences can be drawn from your refusal to answer?