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AG Barr says no fraud found to change election outcome, but DOJ investigations continue

U.S. Attorney General William Barr testifies during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill. (Chip Somodevilla/Pool/Abaca Press/TNS)
December 02, 2020

Attorney General William Barr said investigations into the 2020 presidential election over claims of voter fraud have not yet revealed evidence that could impact the outcome of the election, but the Department of Justice will continue to pursue all credible allegations of fraud.

Barr told The Associated Press that U.S. attorneys and FBI agents had pursued certain information they had received, but “to date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”

The DOJ responded to media outlets claiming that the department had completed investigations into voter fraud, stating they were incorrect.

“Some media outlets have incorrectly reported that the Department has concluded its investigation of election fraud and announced an affirmative finding of no fraud in the election,” a DOJ spokesperson said in a statement. “That is not what the Associated Press reported nor what the Attorney General stated. The Department will continue to receive and vigorously pursue all specific and credible allegations of fraud as expeditiously as possible.”

President Trump’s campaign has filed lawsuits alleging voter fraud in multiple states, including Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.

Not associated with the campaign, Attorney Sidney Powell has also filed suits in Georgia and Michigan, and plans to file another in Wisconsin, ABC News reported. Powell’s lawsuits allege Dominion election systems flipped votes from President Trump to Joe Biden.

While Barr didn’t explicitly state Powell’s name during the interview with The Associated Press, the AG did say, “There’s been one assertion that would be systemic fraud and that would be the claim that machines were programmed essentially to skew the election results. And the DHS and DOJ have looked into that, and so far, we haven’t seen anything to substantiate that.”

Trump campaign attorney and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani shot back at Barr’s comments, saying, “There hasn’t been any semblance of a Department of Justice investigation. We have gathered ample evidence of illegal voting in at least six states, which they have not examined.”

“We have many witnesses swearing under oath they saw crimes being committed in connection with voter fraud. As far as we know, not a single one has been interviewed by the DOJ. The Justice Department also hasn’t audited any voting machines or used their subpoena powers to determine the truth,” Giuliani said in a statement. “Nonetheless, we will continue our pursuit of the truth through the judicial system and state legislatures, and continue toward the Constitution’s mandate and ensuring that every legal vote is counted and every illegal vote is not. Again, with the greatest respect to the Attorney General, his opinion appears to be without any knowledge or investigation of the substantial irregularities and evidence of systemic fraud.”