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Barr says Justice Department yet to find proof of widespread voter fraud in presidential election

"We have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election" – Attorney General William Barr

Updated: December 1, 2020 - 4:28pm

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Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday said the Justice Department has so far found no evidence of widespread voter fraud, despite repeated allegations to that effect by President Trump and his campaign's legal team.

Barr said in an interview with the Associated Press that U.S. attorneys and FBI officials have investigated specific complaints but have found no proof that would change the outcome of the election, which Joe Biden leads 306-232 in Electoral College votes.

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

Sidney Powell, an attorney probing voting irregularities who was once on Team Trump, has claimed that election systems flipped votes and that German servers storing U.S. voting information and election software were created in Venezuela "at the direction of Hugo Chavez" — who died in 2013.

Barr didn't cite 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, referring to the Department of Homeland Security.

Barr also said they did find some fraud, but not systematic fraud. "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.”

The Trump campaign pushed back on Barr's statement.

"With all due respect to the Attorney General, there hasn't been any semblance of a Department of Justice investigation. We have gathered ample evidence of illegal voting in at least six states, which they have not examined," Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal attorney, and Jenna Ellis, Trump campaign senior legal adviser, said in a statement.

"We have many witnesses swearing under oath they saw crimes being committed in connection with voter fraud. As far as we know, not a single one has been interviewed by the DOJ. The Justice Department also hasn't audited any voting machines or used their subpoena powers to determine the truth," the pair said.

"Nonetheless, we will continue our pursuit of the truth through the judicial system and state legislatures, and continue toward the Constitution's mandate and ensuring that every legal vote is counted and every illegal vote is not," they pledged. "Again, with the greatest respect to the Attorney General, his opinion appears to be without any knowledge or investigation of the substantial irregularities and evidence of systemic fraud."