In an interview with The Associated Press, Attorney General William Barr says the Justice Department has found no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
That contradicts President Trump's claims that the election was "rigged" against him.
Barr said US 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.
Barr said his team looked into complaints of voter fraud, including using voting machines to change vote tallies, and found no evidence of fraud on a scale that would change the election outcome.
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 the polls and instead chose to vote by mail.
The president's legal team fired back that the Department of Justice hasn't done a real investigation or examined the evidence it's gathered. Attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis released the following statement.
"With all due respect to the Attorney General, there hasn't been any semblance of a Department of Justice investigation. 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," the statement concluded.
The Trump campaign has now filed new suits in Wisconsin and Michigan contesting mail-ballots.
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