Disputing Trump, AG Barr says no widespread voter fraud

Disputing Trump, AG Barr says no widespread voter fraud
File photo Attorney General William Barr. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: Disputing President Trump’s persistent, baseless and unsubstantial claims, Attorney General William Barr declared the US Justice Department has uncovered no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the election that could change the result.

Barr made these comments in an interview Tuesday with the Associated Press. His comments contradict the concerted effort by Mr Trump, his boss, to subvert the results of the election and block President-elect Joe Biden from taking the White House.

Mr Barr told that that FBI agents and US attorneys have been working to follow up specific information and complaints they have received, but “to date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different result in the election.”

The comments, which drew immediate criticism from the president’s attorneys, were especially notable coming from William Barr, who has been one of the president’s most ardent allies. Before the election, the Attorney General had repeatedly raised the notion that mail-in voting could be especially vulnerable to widespread voter fraud during the Covid-19 pandemic as Americans feared going to polls and instead chose to mail-in-voting.

More to President Trump’s liking, William Barr revealed in that in October he had appointed US Attorney John Durham as a special counsel, giving his the authority to continue to investigate the origins of the Trump-Russia probe after Joe Biden, a Democrat, takes over and making it difficult to fire him. Biden hasn’t said what he might do with the investigation, and his transition team didn’t comment Tuesday.

Trump has long railed against the investigation into whether his campaign in 2016 was coordinating with Russia, but he and Republican leaders had hoped the results would be delivered before the election in this year and would help sway voters. So far, there has been only one criminal case, a guilty plea from a former FBI lawyer to a single false statement charge.

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