US Attorney General William Barr testifies during a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, in Washington, July 28, 2020.
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The US Department of Justice found no evidence of widespread vote fraud that would override the president-elect Joe BidenExpected victory over the president Donald Trump In the election, Attorney General William Barr said in a new interview Tuesday.
Barr’s statement to the Associated Press undermines claims by Trump, his lawyer, and several of his political allies that he was the victim of massive voting fraud that tricked the Republican Party into defeating the Democratic challenger.
Barr told the Associated Press: “So far, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election.”
Barr, who heads the Justice Department, told the news agency that federal prosecutors and FBI agents looked into complaints they received about possible fraud. But the investigators found no problems anywhere close to the number of ballots that would need to be revoked to deny Biden a victory.
“Most allegations of fraud are specific to a specific set of circumstances, actors or behavior. They are not systematic allegations … These are rickety allegations; they are crumbling,” Barr said.
“Some of them were broad and likely covering a few thousand votes. They were pursued,” the prosecutor said.
After Election Day, Barr allowed federal prosecutors to look into any “substantial” voting irregularities or allegations of fraud they were informed of before the presidential race was approved.
Shortly after the Associated Press published her story, Barr was seen entering the White House. There was no previously scheduled meeting between Bar and Trump on Tuesday. NBC News reported that he was in the White House for reasons unrelated to his comments.
Barr, in an interview with the Associated Press, clearly rejected the conspiracy theory promoted by attorney Sydney Powell, a former member of the Trump campaign legal team, who claimed that the vote counters were rigged in Georgia and other battlefield states to give Biden the victory there.
“There was one confirmation that would be systematic fraud and that would be the claim that the machines were primarily programmed to distort election results. The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice have looked into that, and so far, we haven’t seen anything that proves this,” Barr said, Don Identify Powell by name.
Security officials in the Trump administration publicly defended the integrity of the election, calling it the “safest in American history.”
Powell was fired from Trump’s legal team last week after making repeated allegations about voting machines.
Shortly after the Associated Press published its article, Trump once again tweeted an allegation about alleged election fraud.
“Hope everyone is watching OANN right Now. Trump wrote on Twitter that other media feared to emerge. “People are advancing like never before. Big truck carrying hundreds of thousands of fake ballot papers to a polling station? Terrible – Save America!”
A Justice Department spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment from CNBC regarding Barr’s comments.
Trump’s campaign attorney, Rudy Giuliani and Gina Ellis, rejected Barr’s comments.
“With all due respect to the Attorney General, there was no form of the Justice Department investigation,” Giuliani and Ellis said in a joint statement.
“We have gathered ample evidence of illegal voting in at least six states, which has not been examined. We have many witnesses who swore under oath that they saw crimes committed in connection with voter fraud. As far as we know, nobody has had an interview with the Department of Justice. “.
Giuliani and Ellis also said that the Justice Department had not “audited any voting machines or used its summons powers to determine the truth.”
The lawyers said, “Nevertheless, we will continue to seek the truth through the judicial system and state legislatures, and we will continue to work on authorizing the constitution and making sure that every legal vote is counted and that no illegal vote is made.”
“Once again, with respect to the Prosecutor, his opinion appears without any knowledge or investigation of material wrongdoing and evidence of systematic fraud.”
Biden’s transition team did not immediately respond to CNBC’s requests for comment.
Biden, the former vice president, is expected to win 306 votes in the Electoral College, 36 more votes than he needs to clinch the presidency. The Electoral College will meet on December 14th to choose the president.
Trump’s legal team and his allies have repeatedly lost or withdrawn lawsuits that sought to nullify the votes for Biden in several states that the Republican president had to win in order to nullify his opponent’s expected victory.
Giuliani, suggested that state legislatures could fundamentally ignore the popular vote statistics showing Biden winning and assigning Trump voter lists to the Electoral College.