Attorney General William Barr said in an interview on Tuesday that the Justice Department had not found evidence of widespread voter fraud to reverse Biden’s hopes of defeating Trump in the general election.
Barr’s statement to the Associated Press undermines claims by U.S. President Donald Trump, his lawyers and many of his political Allies that he was the victim of a massive voting fraud that helped win over Democratic challenger Joe Biden.
“So far, we have not seen massive fraud that could affect the results,” Mr Barr told the Associated Press.
Barr, the head of the JUSTICE Department, told the Associated Press that federal prosecutors and FBI agents have investigated complaints they received about possible fraud. But investigators have not found enough invalid votes to overturn Biden’s victory.
“Most fraud allegations are made specifically based on specific circumstances, conduct or conduct. They are not systematic allegations…” Barr said.
“Some of the votes were very wide ranging, maybe thousands of votes. They have been followed up, “the attorney general said.
Shortly after the AP published the story, Barr was seen entering the White House. Barr and Trump had not previously scheduled a meeting for Tuesday. NBC News reported that he was at the White House on an unrelated matter.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Barr sharply dismissed conspiracy theories put forward by the lawyer Sidney Powell. Powell, a former member of the Trump campaign, said the counting machines had been rigged in Georgia and other swing states to allow Biden to win.
“There is a theory that this is systemic fraud, that machines have been programmed to distort election results. “The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice have looked into this, and so far we have not seen any evidence to support that.” Barr said, without mentioning Powell by name.
Trump administration security officials had publicly defended the integrity of the election, calling it “the safest election in the history of the United States.”
Ms Powell was fired last week by Mr Trump’s legal team over her repeated allegations about voting machines.
Shortly after the AP published the story, Mr. Trump again took to Twitter to make his claims about election fraud.
“Hopefully everyone is watching @oann now. Other media are afraid to show it, “Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter. “People are stepping up like never before. Trucks carrying thousands of fake ballots to polling centers? It’s terrible — save America!”
Mr Trump’s top campaign lawyers, Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis, have dismissed Mr Barr’s claims.
“With all due respect, the Justice Department has no indication of an investigation,” Giuliani and Ellis said in a joint statement.
“We’ve collected sufficient evidence of illegal voting in at least six states, but they haven’t examined it yet. We have many witnesses who have sworn that they saw crimes related to election fraud. To our knowledge, no one has been questioned by the U.S. Department of Justice.”
Giuliani and Ellis also said the Justice Department did not “audit any voting machines or use their subpoena power to determine the truth.”
“Nevertheless, we will continue to pursue the truth through the judicial system and state legislatures and continue to move toward the mandate of the Constitution to ensure that every legitimate vote is counted and every illegitimate vote is not counted,” the lawyers said.
“Once again, with the greatest respect for the Attorney General, he appears to have no knowledge or investigation of evidence of material irregularities and systematic fraud.”