Clashing against President Donald Trump’s persistent claims of voter fraud, Attorney General William Barr declared the U.S. Justice Department has uncovered no evidence of widespread voter fraud that could change the outcome of the 2020 election.
Fox News star Lou Dobbs accused Barr of joining the “the Deep State and the Resistance” — and then went one step further.
“He is either a liar or a fool or both. He may be… perhaps compromised?” Dobbs asked in a blistering attack on Tuesday.
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Barr’s comments, in an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press, were pounced on by the mainstream media as a clear rebuke of Trump. Critics of the White House said it contradicted the effort by Trump to question the results of last month’s voting and block would-be President-elect Joe Biden from taking his place in the White House.
Barr told the AP that U.S. attorneys and FBI agents have been working to follow up specific complaints and information they’ve received, but “to date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”
He also said that the Department of Justice would continue to pursue “all specific and credible allegations of fraud as expeditiously as possible.”
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Trump didn’t directly comment on the attorney general’s remarks on the election. But his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and his political campaign issued a scathing statement claiming that “with all due respect to the Attorney General, there hasn’t been any semblance” of an investigation into the president’s complaints.
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Last month, Barr issued a directive to U.S. attorneys across the country allowing them to pursue any “substantial allegations” of voting irregularities before the 2020 presidential election was certified.
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.
Throughout his presidency, Barr has been one of the president’s most ardent allies. Before the election, he had repeatedly raised the notion that mail-in voting could be especially vulnerable to fraud during the coronavirus pandemic as Americans feared going to the polls and instead chose to vote by mail.
Barr went to the White House Tuesday for a previously scheduled meeting that lasted about three hours.
The Trump campaign team, led by Giuliani, claims to have uncovered evidence of a widespread conspiracy by Democrats to dump millions of illegal votes into the system. However, with states certifying the election and the Electoral College set to vote in just days, time is running out for Giuliani to produce meaningful results.
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He has 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.
Giuliani has held multiple explosive public hearings where he had witnesses repeat the claims they outlined in sworn affidavits. However, he has yet to present any of this evidence under oath, much to the frustration of Trump supporters eager for him to back up his claims in a court of law.
Trump himself continues to rail against the election in tweets and in interviews. He recently allowed his administration to begin the transition over to Biden, but he still refuses to formally concede.
Attorney Sidney Powell, who is not part of the Trump legal team, has claimed she has evidence 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.
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.”
In the campaign statement, Giuliani claimed there was “ample evidence of illegal voting in at least six states, which they have not examined.”
“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,” he said.
However, Barr said earlier that people were confusing the use of the federal criminal justice system with allegations that should be made in civil lawsuits. He said a remedy for many complaints would be a top-down audit 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,” he said.
“Most claims of fraud are very particularized to a particular set of circumstances or actors or conduct. … 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.”
That infuriated Dobbs, who attacked Barr on his Fox Business show.
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You can see the clip below —
Lou Dobbs absolutely loses it over Bill Barr saying there's no evidence of widespread voter fraud, accusing Barr of joining "the Deep State and the Resistance" before saying this:
"He is either a liar or a fool or both. He may be – perhaps compromised." pic.twitter.com/x9kU5xkctV
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) December 1, 2020
The Associated Press contributed to this article