AG Barr Says No Evidence of Fraud, Trump Lawyers Push Back

On Tuesday, Barr said the Justice Department hasn’t found evidence of fraud large enough to change the outcome of the 2020 election. Some on the right then criticized Barr, while much of the left’s coverage focused on the right’s reaction.


In an interview with the Associated Press, Attorney General Bill Barr said the Department of Justice had not found evidence of fraudulent election activity “on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”

  • Barr said the theory proffered by attorney Sidney Powell (voting machines and counting software designed to surreptitiously switch votes), from whom the Trump legal team has distanced itself, has been examined by the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice and they “haven’t seen anything to substantiate that.”
  • Before the election, Barr had gone on record saying mail-in voting provided significant opportunity for fraud, which NPR disputes in its reporting.
  • President Trump’s campaign legal team, headed by Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis, released a statement disagreeing with the Attorney General, saying the Department of Justice has not properly investigated allegations of fraudulent activity.
  • Trump’s campaign continued its efforts in court, filing a motion in Wisconsin to have more than 200,000 absentee ballots tossed for not being filled out completely.
  • In his remarks to the AP, Barr also criticized the practice of “[using] the criminal justice system as sort of a default fix-all.”
  • The same day as Barr’s comments, the Thomas More Society held a press conference releasing a list of allegations, including USPS employees backdating mail-in ballots in Wisconsin and voting machines being improperly updated.

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