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In an interview with The Associated Press, Barr said that US prosecutors and FBI agents have been working to follow up specific complaints and information they have received, but have not discovered any evidence that changes the outcome of the elections.
United States Attorney General William Barr says there is no evidence of voter fraud to change the election result. (AP)

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

The comments are especially direct and come from Barr, who has been one of the president’s most ardent allies. Before the election, there was repeatedly raised the notion that voter fraud by mail could be especially vulnerable to fraud during the coronavirus pandemic, as Americans feared going to the polls and chose to vote by mail instead.
Last month, Barr issued a directive to US prosecutors across the country allowing them to pursue any “substantial allegation” of voting irregularities, if they did exist, before the 2020 presidential elections were certified, even though there was no evidence at the time of widespread fraud.
President-elect Joe Biden speaks in Wilmington, Delaware. (AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster)

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 Trump campaign team led by Rudy Giuliani has been alleging a widespread conspiracy by Democrats to pour millions of illegal votes into the system without evidence. They have filed multiple lawsuits in battle states claiming that partisan election observers did not have a clear enough view at polling sites in some places and therefore something illegal must have happened.

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.

Officials work on ballots at the Gwinnett County Voter Registration and Elections headquarters, Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, in Lawrenceville, near Atlanta
Officials work on ballots at the Gwinnett County Voter Registration and Elections headquarters, Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, in Lawrenceville, near Atlanta (AP)
Trump has criticized the election in tweets and interviews, though his own administration has said that The 2020 elections were the safest in history. Trump recently allowed his administration to begin the transition to Biden, but has still refused to admit that he lost.

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.

But they have also requested federal investigations into the claims. Attorney Sidney Powell has turned fictional tales of electoral systems reversing votes, German servers storing US voting information, and electoral software created in Venezuela “under the direction of Hugo Ch├ívez,” the late Venezuelan president who died in 2013. Since then, Powell was removed from the legal team after an interview she gave in which she threatened to “blow up” Georgia with a “biblical” court file.
William Barr and Donald Trump
In this March 23, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump moves from the podium to allow Attorney General William Barr to speak about the coronavirus in the James Brady meeting room in Washington. (AP)

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.”

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