Attorney General William Barr said the Justice Department had not uncovered any evidence of widespread electoral fraud that would alter the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
His comments come despite repeated unsubstantiated claims by President Donald Trump that the election was stolen, his efforts to undermine the 2020 presidential election results, and his refusal to admit his loss to President-elect Joe Biden.
Mr Barr said U.S. attorneys and FBI agents worked to follow up certain complaints and information they received, but they found no evidence that could change the outcome of the election.
“To date, we have not seen any fraud on a scale that could lead to a different election result,” said Barr.
The comments, in particular, come directly from Mr. Barr, who was one of the President’s most ardent allies. Prior to the election, he had repeatedly voiced the notion that fraud among mail-in voters during the coronavirus pandemic could be particularly vulnerable to fraud as Americans feared they would vote and wanted to vote by mail instead.
Shortly after Mr Barr’s statement was made public, President Trump tweeted baseless allegations of election fraud.
And his attorney Rudy Giuliani and campaigning made a damning statement claiming that “with all due respect to the attorney general, there has been no appearance of an investigation.”
Last month, Mr. Barr issued a policy to US attorneys across the country allowing them to pursue “material allegations” of voting irregularities if they existed prior to the 2020 presidential election, although no evidence of widespread fraud at the time templates.
This memorandum gave prosecutors the opportunity to circumvent the Justice Department’s longstanding policy of normally prohibiting such overt acts before the election was confirmed.
Shortly after its release, the ministry’s chief electoral officer announced that he would be stepping down because of the memo.
Hope everyone is watching @OANN right now. Other media are afraid to show. People step forward like never before. Big truck bringing hundreds of thousands of fraudulent (FAKE) ballots to a polling center? TERRIBLE – SAVE AMERICA!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 1, 2020
The Trump campaign team, led by Mr. Giuliani, has alleged a widespread Democratic conspiracy to cast millions of illegal votes into the system with no evidence.
They have filed several lawsuits in battlefield states alleging that partisan polling observers in some places at polling stations were not clear enough and therefore something illegal must have happened.
The claims have been repeatedly dismissed, including by Republican judges who have ruled the lawsuits contained no evidence. Local Republicans in some battlefield states have followed President Trump and made similar unsupported claims.
President Trump railed against the elections in tweets and interviews, despite his own administration saying the 2020 elections were the safest ever.
President Trump recently allowed his administration to begin transitioning to Mr Biden, but has still refused to admit that he lost.