Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday 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 claims that the election was stolen, and his refusal to concede his loss to President-Elect Joe Biden.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Barr said 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. 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.
Last month, Barr issued a directive to U.S. attorneys across the country allowing them to pursue any “substantial allegations” of voting irregularities, if they existed, before the 2020 presidential election was certified, despite no evidence at that time of widespread fraud. That memorandum gave prosecutors the ability to go around longstanding Justice Department policy that normally would prohibit such overt actions before the election was certified. Soon after it was issued, the department’s top elections crime official announced he would step aside from that position because of the memo.
Barr is a slippery creature, so you can be fairly confident that “no fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election” means “no fraud of any sort, because if my inquisitors had found any I would be holding a nationally televised press conference about these extremely disturbing findings.”
Of course none of this makes any difference to lunatics and scammers or lunatic-scammers like Lin Wood and Joe DiGenova, who should be disbarred and then sued into perpetual penury. (Jonathan Turley thinks comments like this are exactly like attacking civil rights lawyers in the Jim Crow South, because Both Sides the Sacred Right to Legal Representation Etc Etc).
An attorney for the Trump campaign on Monday issued a call for violence against Chris Krebs, a former cybersecurity official who was unceremoniously ousted from his post by President Donald Trump after he rejected the President’s unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud.
Joe diGenova, the attorney for Trump’s campaign, said during an appearance on “The Howie Carr Show“: “Anybody who thinks the election went well, like that idiot Krebs who used to be the head of cybersecurity. That guy is a class A moron. He should be drawn and quartered. Taken out at dawn and shot.”
. . . hmmm:
I wonder if this is what they call being “sent for” in that thing of theirs.
More men of honor:
Those who want respect, give respect.
Note that none of this compelling evidence of voter fraud has even been alleged in any of the pleadings that Trump’s countless lawyers have filed over the past few weeks. (Certifiable nut case Sidney Powell wanted to make such allegations in formal court documents as opposed to at press conferences and in tweets and was promptly fired).