Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday that the Justice Department had found no evidence of widespread election fraud.
Barr told the Associated Press that leads pursued by US attorneys and FBI agents did not reveal any material, widespread fraud.
The statement comes after several months of criticism from President Trump over Barr's inaction on Russiagate.
Pres. Trump's false claims of rampant election fraud were exposed Tuesday by his own Justice Department.
Attorney General William Barr, a staunch ally of Trump, says there is no evidence to support the president's claims. @ Benstracy reports pic.twitter.com/AKe9tOvOmq
– CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) December 1, 2020
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Barr: The DOJ did not discover anything that could change the election result
Barr said: "To date, we have not seen any fraud to the extent that it would have affected any other election result."
The attorney general also specifically addressed allegations that voting machines may have altered results.
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Barr said, "There was one claim that would constitute systemic fraud and that would be the claim that machines were essentially programmed to skew election results."
"And the DHS and the DOJ have looked into it, and so far we haven't seen anything to support it."
Barr noted that the DOJ's investigation was separate from the pending lawsuits by Trump's legal team in several key states.
Civil proceedings are not affected by the DOJ's findings.
Trump's legal team answers
Trump's legal team responded to Barr with a statement of their own.
"With all due respect to the Attorney General, there was no appearance of an investigation by the Justice Department," the statement said.
Lou Dobbs absolutely loses it over Bill Barr, who says there is no evidence of widespread electoral fraud, and accuses Barr of joining "the deep state and resistance" before saying the following:
"He's either a liar or a fool or both. He can – maybe compromised." pic.twitter.com/x9kU5xkctV
– Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) December 1, 2020
It went on, “We have gathered ample evidence of illegal voting in at least six states that they have not investigated. We have many witnesses who swear under oath that they have committed crimes related to election fraud. "
"As far as we know, not a single one was interviewed by the DOJ," the statement said.
"Nor did the Justice Department check voting machines or use their subpoena powers to establish the truth."
Senator Chuck Schumer replied to Attorney General William Barr that there was no evidence of widespread electoral fraud: "I think he's next to be fired" https://t.co/CqVBUXlPbG pic.twitter.com/J81GLNEl42
– CBS News (@CBSNews) December 1, 2020
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Team Trump: Barr is not the final say on election fraud
Team Trump promised to continue to pursue the "truth" through legal and government means.
"Even so, we will continue our pursuit of the truth through the judicial system and state legislatures and continue to work towards the constitutional mandate and ensure that every legal vote is counted and every illegal vote is not," the statement said.
Trump's legal team stressed one last time that Barr was not the last word on the matter.
"Again, his opinion seems to be with the utmost respect for the Attorney General without knowledge or investigation of the material irregularities and indications of systemic fraud," the statement said.