“To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election,” Barr told the AP.
That memo gave prosecutors the ability to circumvent long-standing Justice Department policy that would normally prohibit such open actions before elections were certified. Shortly after it was broadcast, the top election official in the crime department announced that he would step down from that post because of the memo.
The allegations have been repeatedly dismissed, including by Republican judges who have ruled that the lawsuits lacked evidence. Local Republicans in some states on the battlefield have followed Trump in making similar unsubstantiated claims.
The issues that the Trump campaign and its allies have flagged are typical of every election: issues with signatures, secret envelopes, and postage marks on mailed ballots, as well as the possibility of a small number of ballots are incorrectly issued or lost.
Mr. Barr did not name Ms. Powell specifically, but said: “There has been a claim that it would be a systemic fraud and it would be the claim that the machines were essentially programmed to skew the election results. And DHS and the DOJ have investigated that, and so far, we haven’t seen anything to corroborate that, “he said.
He said people were confusing the use of the federal criminal justice system with charges that should be made in civil trials. He said such a remedy for those complaints would be a top-down audit by state or local officials, not the US Department of Justice.
“There is a growing trend to use the criminal justice system as a kind of default solution, and people don’t like something that they want the Justice Department to go in and ‘investigate,'” Barr said.
He said that, in the first place, there must be a basis for believing that there is a crime to be investigated.
“Most fraud allegations are highly particularized to a particular set of circumstances, actors or behaviors. They are not systemic allegations and. And those have been dismissed, they are being dismissed,” Barr said. “Some have been broad and potentially cover a few thousand votes. They have been followed up.”