US attorney general Bill Barr says there was no widespread fraud in the 2020 election, defying Trump
- US Attorney General Bill Barr said on Tuesday that the DOJ and FBI have not found evidence of substantial fraud in the 2020 election.
- "To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election," Barr told the Associated Press.
- Barr is the most recent Republican official to break from Trump and confirm a lack of evidence of major fraud or malfeasance in the presidential election.
- The attorney general's stance is notable given that he spread warnings and unfounded claims that the 2020 election would be subject to fraud.
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US Attorney General Bill Barr on Tuesday said that neither the Department of Justice nor the Federal Bureau of Investigation have uncovered widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election, marking a major break with US President Donald Trump.
"To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election," Barr told the Associated Press.
Barr is the latest major Republican official to defy Trump by attesting to the lack of evidence of major fraud or malfeasance in the presidential election, a move that could draw the president's ire in the final days of his administration.
Nearly four weeks after most major news organizations projected President-elect Joe Biden as the winner and even after most states have now certified their presidential results, Trump continues to falsely insist that the election was stolen from him. His campaign has lost more than two dozen lawsuits seeking to contest the results and halt ballot counting and certification, and lost two recounts in Georgia and in Wisconsin.
The attorney general directly contradicting the president's claims is particularly notable given that Barr himself has been in lockstep with Trump's narrative that the election was subject to massive fraud.
For months, Barr pushed a baseless and now-discredited theory that expanding mail voting would lead to foreign countries flooding American voters with counterfeit mail ballots.
Trump has publicly lashed out at administration officials and Republican lawmakers for refusing to side with his claims about a rigged election. He fired Chris Krebs, the nation's top cybersecurity official at the Department of Homeland Security, after Krebs' agency signed onto a working group statement affirming the integrity and security of the election.
In recent weeks, the president has also attacked Republican election officials and two GOP governors, Brian Kemp of Georgia and Doug Ducey of Arizona, who certified their state's election results for Biden.
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