Attorney General William Barr says the Justice Department has not uncovered evidence of widespread voter fraud that would change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, reports the Associated Press. His comments come despite President Donald Trump’s baseless claims that the election was stolen, Trump’s effort to subvert the results of the 2020 presidential election and his refusal to concede his loss to President-Elect Joe Biden. Barr said U.S. Attorneys and FBI agents have been working to follow up specific complaints, but they’ve uncovered no evidence that would change the outcome of the election. The comments are significant 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. Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani and his campaign issued a scathing statement claiming that, “with all due respect to the Attorney General, there hasn’t been any semblance” of an investigation.
Last month, Barr allowed the nation’s U.S. Attorneys 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 memo gave prosecutors the ability to ignore longstanding Justice Department policy that normally would prohibit such actions before the election was certified. Soon after it was issued, the department’s top elections crime official stepped aside from that position because of the memo. Former Trump attorney Sidney Powell has spun tales of election systems flipping votes, German servers storing U.S. voting information and election software created in Venezuela. Barr said, “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 … we haven’t seen anything to substantiate that.”