U.S. Attorney General William Barr said on Tuesday that the Justice Department found no evidence of large-scale vote rigging that could change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. Barr said this, despite repeated statements by President Donald Trump that his election victory was stolen, and the refusal of the head of the White House to admit defeat to Joe Biden.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Barr said that the attorney general’s office and FBI agents are investigating specific complaints and examining the information received, but law enforcement agencies have found no evidence of massive fraud that could affect the outcome of the election.
“To date, we have not found any fraud of this magnitude that could affect … the outcome of the election,” Barr said.
William Barr has always been considered one of the president’s most loyal allies. Prior to the elections, he repeatedly spoke about the fact that large-scale postal voting can be especially vulnerable to fraud.
Last month, Barr issued a directive to prosecutors across the country allowing them to investigate any “material allegations” of voting irregularities. The order provided the prosecutor’s office with an opportunity to act contrary to the usual policy of the Department of Justice, which usually prohibits such investigations before the official recognition of the election results. Soon after the directive was issued, a senior Justice Ministry official who led the fight against election irregularities announced his resignation.
Trump’s legal team, led by Rudy Giuliani, claims the existence of a Democratic conspiracy to “inject” millions of illegal votes into the system, without providing evidence of this claim. Trump’s campaign has filed several lawsuits in key states for the election, claiming that observers in some polling stations were not allowed to follow the counting process, and saying that this indicates illegal actions of the electoral commissions. Lawsuits were repeatedly dismissed, including by Republican judges who found the complaints unfounded.
Sidney Powell, who was part of Trump’s legal team, has demanded an investigation into the counting systems that flip votes from one candidate to another, arguing that US voting records were stored on servers in Germany and that the software used in the current elections was created in Venezuela “by order of Hugo Chavez” – the former Venezuelan president, who died in 2013. Powell was fired from Trump’s legal team after an interview in which she threatened to “blow up” the Georgia election with a lawsuit of “biblical” proportions.
Without mentioning Powell’s name, Barr spoke of “one claim that could be called systemic fraud,” the claim that the counting machines “were essentially programmed to distort the election results.” According to the Prosecutor General, the Homeland Security and Justice Ministry investigated the accusation “and so far have not seen anything that could confirm it.”
According to Barr, people “confuse the use of the federal criminal justice system with charges that are filed through civil suits.” Such inspections, according to the attorney general, should be carried out by local or state officials, not by employees of the US Department of Justice.
“Most allegations of fraud are tied to a specific set of circumstances, subjects or behavior. These are not systemic accusations. And they were refuted; they are refuted, ”Barr said.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday night, Trump’s team filed a lawsuit with the Wisconsin Supreme Court, demanding to invalidate over 221,000 ballots. Trump is seeking Gov. Tony Evers to withdraw documents confirming Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in Wisconsin.
On Monday, Wisconsin Governor, Democrat Tony Evers and Wisconsin Election Commissioner named Biden the winner of the state election with 10 state electoral votes. The state Supreme Court is also considering two more lawsuits filed by the Conservatives, demanding that the ballots be invalidated.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court gave Governor Evers until 8:30 pm Tuesday to respond to Trump’s lawsuit.