Barr: No evidence of fraud that’d change election outc... | tjhjmcaz.com
Facebook Twitter RSS
clearn.png
Thursday December 3rd, 2020 12:54AM

Barr: No evidence of fraud that’d change election outcome

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday the Justice Department has not uncovered evidence of widespread voter fraud that would change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.

His comments come despite President Donald Trump's repeated claims that the election was stolen, and his refusal to concede his loss to President-Elect Joe Biden.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Barr said U.S. attorneys and FBI agents have been working to follow up specific complaints and information they’ve received, but they’ve uncovered no evidence that would change the outcome of the election.

“To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election,” Barr told the AP.

The comments are especially direct 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 as Americans feared going to polls and instead chose to vote by mail.

Last month, Barr issued a directive to U.S. attorneys across the country allowing them 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 memorandum gave prosecutors the ability to go around longstanding Justice Department policy that normally would prohibit such overt actions before the election was certified. Soon after it was issued, the department’s top elections crime official announced he would step aside from that position because of the memo.

The Trump campaign team led by Rudy Giuliani has been alleging a widespread conspiracy by Democrats to dump millions of illegal votes into the system with no evidence. They have filed multiple lawsuits in battleground states alleging that partisan poll watchers didn’t have a clear enough view at polling sites in some locations and therefore something illegal must have happened. The claims have been repeatedly dismissed including by Republican judges who have ruled the suits lacked evidence. Local Republicans in some battleground states have followed Trump in making similar unsupported claims.

Trump has railed against the election in tweets and in interviews though his own administration has said the 2020 election was the most secure ever. Trump recently allowed his administration to begin the transition over to Biden, but has still refused to admit he lost.

The issues Trump’s campaign and its allies have pointed to are typical in every election: Problems with signatures, secrecy envelopes and postal marks on mail-in ballots, as well as the potential for a small number of ballots miscast or lost.

But they've also requested federal probes into the claims. Attorney Sidney Powell has spun fictional tales of election systems flipping votes, German servers storing U.S. voting information and election software created in Venezuela “at the direction of Hugo Chavez,” – the late Venezuelan president who died in 2013. Powell has since been removed from the legal team after an interview she gave where she threatened to “blow up” Georgia with a “biblical” court filing.

Barr didn't name Powell specifically but 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. And the DHS and DOJ have looked into that, and so far, we haven’t seen anything to substantiate that,” Barr said.

He said people were confusing the use of the federal criminal justice system with allegations that should be made in civil lawsuits. He said such a remedy for those complaints would be a top-down audit conducted by state or local officials, not the U.S. Justice Department.

“There’s a growing tendency to use the criminal justice system as sort of a default fix-all, and people don’t like something they want the Department of Justice to come in and ‘investigate,’” Barr said.

He said first of all there must be a basis to believe there is a crime to investigate.

“Most claims of fraud are very particularized to a particular set of circumstances or actors or conduct. They are not systemic allegations and. And those have been run down; they are being run down,” Barr said. “Some have been broad and potentially cover a few thousand votes. They have been followed up on."

  • Associated Categories: 凯发k8地址homepage, Local/State News, Associated Press (AP), AP National News, AP Online National News, Top General short headlines, AP Online Headlines - Washington, AP Elections, General Election News, General Presidential Election News
© Copyright 2020 tjhjmcaz.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Barr: No evidence of fraud that’d change election outcome
Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday that the Justice Department has not uncovered evidence of widespread voter fraud and has seen nothing that would change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election
3:15PM ( 15 minutes ago )
Former Elbert Deputy arrested in September officer-involved shooting
A former Elbert County Sheriff’s Deputy was arrested Monday in connection with a September 30 officer-involved shooting.
3:02PM ( 28 minutes ago )
Georgia governor announces pick to fill high court seat
Georgia’s governor has announced his pick to fill a vacant seat on the state’s highest court
2:09PM ( 1 hour ago )
Local/State News
'Very dark couple of weeks': Morgues and hospitals overflow
Nearly 37,000 people died of COVID-19 in the U.S. in November, the most since the dark early days of the pandemic
3:18PM ( 11 minutes ago )
Barr appoints special counsel in Russia probe investigation
Attorney General William Barr has given extra protection to the prosecutor he appointed to investigate the origins of the Trump- ussia investigation, giving him the ity of a special counsel to allow him to complete his work without being easily fired
3:06PM ( 24 minutes ago )
Pentagon official overseeing counter-IS effort has resigned
The Pentagon says the civilian official overseeing the fight against the Islamic State militant group has resigned
3:01PM ( 29 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Ex-Penn St. president's Sandusky-related conviction restored
A federal appeals court is reinstating former Penn State President Graham Spanier’s conviction for child endangerment over his handling of a report that former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sexually abused a child
2:37PM ( 53 minutes ago )
Stocks rise; S&P 500 approaches another all-time high
U.S. stocks rose broadly in afternoon trading Tuesday and the S&P 500 pushed toward another record high as investors focus on the possibility that coronavirus vaccines could soon help usher in a fuller global economic recovery
2:30PM ( 1 hour ago )
Biden unveils economic team declaring, 'Help is on the way'
President-elect Joe Biden has introduced top advisers he says will help his administration rebuild an economy hammered by the coronavirus pandemic
2:23PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP National News
Trump files lawsuit challenging Wisconsin election results
President Donald Trump has filed a lawsuit in Wisconsin seeking to disqualify more than 221,000 ballots in a longshot attempt to overturn Democrat Joe Biden’s win in the battleground state he lost by nearly 20,700 votes
1:32PM ( 2 hours ago )
Dozens of bandits seize Brazilian city, loot bank
Dozens of criminals armed with assault rifles have invaded a city in southern Brazil, taking control of the streets as they attacked a local bank
1:05PM ( 2 hours ago )
Biden unveils economic team at critical moment for recovery
President-elect Joe Biden is set to unveil his economic team Tuesday amid growing concerns about the pace of the nation’s economic recovery as governments reimpose restrictions to curtail the surging coronavirus pandemic
1:02PM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Online National News
Mnuchin defends shut down of Fed emergency loan programs
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is defending his decision to close down a number of emergency Federal Reserve loan programs at a time when coronavirus cases are surging
1:19PM ( 2 hours ago )
Nasdaq seeks mandatory board diversity for listed companies
Nasdaq is looking to become more diverse, proposing new rules that would require all companies listed on its U.S. exchange to publicly disclose consistent, transparent diversity statistics about their board of directors
8:45AM ( 6 hours ago )
European regulator to decide Dec. 29 on 1st virus vaccine
The European Medicines Agency says it will convene a meeting on Dec. 29 to decide if there is enough data about the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech for it to be approved
7:30AM ( 8 hours ago )
Top General short headlines
The Latest: Biden inaugural committee limits donors to $500K
The committee raising money for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration will take contributions from individual donors of as much as $500,000 and from corporations of as much as $1 million
2:14PM ( 1 hour ago )
The Latest: Harris warns of 'hunger crisis in America now'
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris says there is a “hunger crisis in America now” due to the COVID-19 pandemic but promised quick action to address the challenge when in office
2:03PM ( 1 hour ago )
The Latest: Yellen warns quick action needed on virus impact
Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen is describing the economic crisis brought on by the COVID pandemic as an “American tragedy” and warning that without quick action to address it, the damage will get worse
1:42PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Online Headlines - Washington
Belarus opposition to compile 'book of crimes'
Belarus' opposition will compile a register of law enforcement officers accused of abuses against peaceful demonstrators protesting the reelection of the country’s itarian leader
9:15AM ( 6 hours ago )
Biden names liberal econ team as pandemic threatens workers
With unemployment still high and a new economic slump possible this winter, President-elect Joe Biden has announced a liberal team of economic advisers
12:07AM ( 15 hours ago )
Biden names liberal econ team as pandemic threatens workers
With unemployment still high and a new economic slump possible this winter, President-elect Joe Biden has announced a liberal team of economic advisers
9:05PM ( 18 hours ago )
AP Elections
Arizona certifies Biden's narrow victory over Trump
Arizona officials have certified the state’s election results
4:08PM ( 23 hours ago )
Biden's win over Trump in Wisconsin set to be certified
Joe Biden’s victory in battleground Wisconsin is scheduled to be certified following a partial recount that only added to his 20,600-vote margin over President Donald Trump
3:12PM ( 1 day ago )
Iowa board to certify 6-vote Republican win in US House race
Iowa officials are expected to certify a Republican candidate as a six-vote winner for an open seat in the U.S. House, in what is shaping up to be the closest congressional election in decades
1:08PM ( 1 day ago )
General Election News
Biden to nominate Yellen, highlight diversity on econ team
President-elect Joe Biden has announced several of his most senior economic advisers
10:48AM ( 1 day ago )
Biden to nominate Yellen, highlights diversity on econ team
President-elect Joe Biden has announced several of his most senior economic advisers
10:11AM ( 1 day ago )
Biden looks to fill out economic team with diverse picks
President-elect Joe Biden is expected in the coming days to name several of his most senior economic advisers
8:14AM ( 1 day ago )
General Presidential Election News
Former Elbert Deputy arrested in September officer-involved shooting
A former Elbert County Sheriff’s Deputy was arrested Monday in connection with a September 30 officer-involved shooting.
By AccessWDUN Staff
3:02PM ( 37 minutes ago )
Georgia governor announces pick to fill high court seat
Georgia’s governor has announced his pick to fill a vacant seat on the state’s highest court
2:09PM ( 1 hour ago )
Gainesville Fire units respond to second fire at Versailles Apartments in 24 hours
For the second time in 24 hours, units with the Gainesville Fire Department were responding to a fire at the Versailles Apartments on Park Hill Drive as of 1 p.m Tuesday.
By AccessWDUN Staff
1:05PM ( 2 hours ago )
Georgia runoff to decide short-term successor to John Lewis
Voters in the Atlanta area have been summoned back to the polls to choose a short-term replacement for civil rights legend John Lewis
10:48AM ( 4 hours ago )
Doug Collins applauds recount efforts in Georgia
Congressman Doug Collins of Gainesville said he's glad Republicans asked for recounts of Georgia's ballots following the November General Election.
10:30AM ( 5 hours ago )