US Attorney General William Barr, who has been a staunch ally of President Trump and often viewed as his personal attorney rather that an unbiased arbitrator of justice, publicly stated on Tuesday that the US Justice Department has found no evidence of widespread voter fraud, breaking with the president’s ongoing baseless claims. Barr’s comments directly contradict Trump, who has persisted in a futile effort to overturn votes in key battleground states. Barr said there is no indication of anything significant that would change the 2020 presidential election’s certified results.
In an interview with the Associated Press (AP), Barr said FBI agents have been working to follow up on specific information and complaints the agency has received and they have not uncovered any fraud that would alter the outcome or prevent President-elect Biden from taking office in January.
Barr’s comments met with immediate criticism from Trump and his attorney’s, who noted that the attorney general was the first to raise the idea of mail-in voting potentially being vulnerable to fraud. Barr also commented on his appointment in October of US Attorney John Durham, who was selected as special counsel to continue investigating Trump’s 2016 campaign ties to Russia after Biden is officially in office, which would make it problematic for Biden to fire him. Joe Biden and his transition team have not yet commented on what they will do regarding the investigation.
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