- “To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election,” he said.
- Through Twitter, Trump has made various allegations to the effect that Mr. Biden’s win is fraudulent.
- The relationship between President Trump and Attorney General Barr has gone awry in recent months.
The US Attorney General, William Barr, has indicted that the Department of Justice– which he leads– has not found evidence of massive electoral fraud sufficient to overturn the results of the presidential election. The Attorney General made his comments in an interview with the Associated Press.
“To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election,” he said. It is one of the biggest blows to President Donald Trump’s accusations. Since the election on November 3, the US President has argued that there was “massive fraud,” and “electoral theft” in the results, which gave Democratic candidate Joe Biden the win.
Through Twitter, Trump has made various allegations to the effect that Mr. Biden’s win is fraudulent. On Saturday, for instance, he tweeted:
“Specific allegations were made, and we have massive proof, in the Pennsylvania case. Some people just don’t want to see it. They want nothing to do with saving our Country. Sad!!!”
President Trump’s accusations have failed to stop the certification of the results in the states. The six most disputed states have all certified Mr. Biden’s victory in the courts.
Attorney General Barr’s statement is especially painful for President Trump. Mr. Barr has been a staunch ally of the President since President Trump appointed him the head of the Justice Department last year. In fact, Mr. Barr took the step of allowing prosecutors across the country to investigate “significant allegations” of fraud before the results were certified, which is against the Department of Justice’s election investigation policy.
The two attorneys leading President Trump’s efforts to find fraud, Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis, said in a statement that even though they respect the Attorney General, his opinion appears to be expressed without knowledge or investigation of the evidence and significant irregularities of systematic fraud.
Several hours after the interview was posted, President Trump had not commented on it. Instead, he dedicated himself to sharing videos of testimonies about alleged fraud in the vote.
The Attorney General explained that despite thorough investigations by the departments of Justice and Homeland Security, nothing substantial has been found.
“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,” the Attorney General acknowledged.
The Attorney General has been one of the pillars of his Administration, with controversial decisions in favor of the President. Among other issues, Mr. Barr reduced the sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone, a Trump supporter; lobbied to drop the charges against Michael Flynn, the president’s first national security adviser, after evidence of FBI misconduct was revealed; fired five New York prosecutors working on investigations of the President, and backed the President’s “law and order” messages during the summer protests.