Attorney General William Barr told the Associated Press on Tuesday that 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 false claims that the election was “rigged” and stolen from him, and his refusal to concede his loss to President-Elect Joe Biden.
“Biden can only enter the White House as President if he can prove that his ridiculous ‘80,000,000 votes’ were not fraudulently or illegally obtained,” Trump tweeted last week.
Barr told the AP that 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,” The AP reports. “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.”
President Trump’s attorney’s quickly fired back at Barr’s interview, writing in a statement: “With all due respect to the Attorney General, there hasn’t been any semblance of a DOJ investigation. We have gathered ample evidence of illegal voting in at least six states, which they have not examined.”
The statement went on to make multiple false claims before vowing to “continue our pursuit of the truth through the judicial system and state legislatures.”
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