Trump team shrugs off attorney general's findings of no widespread fraud

Trump team shrugs off attorney general's findings of no widespread fraud

The facts are the president has lost nearly all of his legal challenges. All of the important states have certified their results.

US Attorney General William Barr holds a press conference regarding the December 2019 shooting at the Pensacola Naval air station in Florida at the Department of Justice in Washington, DC. In the AP interview, Barr rejected a claim advanced by former Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell and others that rigged election systems somehow flipped millions of votes from Biden to Trump. As a USA attorney, Durham is subject to being relieved of his duties when President-elect Joe Biden takes office.

RYAN LUCAS, BYLINE: Good morning.

LUCAS: It is significant.

That the justice department did not find "fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election" shouldn't come as a surprise.

Mr Barr didn't address specific claims.

Barr said there was no evidence yet to substantiate systemic machine fraud. Now, he mentioned one claim in particular that has been making the rounds among Trump supporters, which is that voting machines were somehow manipulated to switch votes in Biden's favor.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: So Barr is debunking the president's claims.

"I think there will be more indictments", Ratcliffe said at the time. There have been many.

Democrats were quick to crow over the admission by the head of the Justice Department, one of the president's closest allies. The two repeatedly echoed each other's opposition to mail-in voting, saying the method would lead to rampant fraud.

"And we should not lose sight of the larger picture: in the waning days of the Trump administration, the attorney general has once again used the powers of his office to settle old scores for the president", Nadler said. But in a joint statement Giuliani and Jenna Ellis, a senior legal advisor to the outgoing president's campaign, dismissed the remarks.

But Justin Levitt, a Loyola Law School professor and a former Justice Department official, welcomed Barr's comments as a "statement grounded in reality".

This news will certainly draw flaks from Trump, who said on Sunday that the justice department had been "missing in action" on the voter fraud probe.

And they say that they will continue their fight in the courts and in state legislatures.

The appointment is an echo of the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller, whom Trump and Barr have long expressed their displeasure with after he investigated Russian interference in Trump's 2016 campaign and began his work based on information gathered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the intelligence community.

In 2018, Schiff told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow that Congress had to "take up a bill to protect Mueller so that we don't invite a crisis". We just learned of this yesterday. That probe was inherited almost a year later by special counsel Mueller, who ultimately did not find enough evidence to charge Trump or any of his associates with conspiring with Russian Federation. Durham would detail whether any additional prosecutions will be brought and make public a report of the investigation's findings. Remember that Durham has been investigating the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation.

It is a criminal investigation at this point. Unfortunately, after a year and a half of investigating, only one low-level individual, Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Kevin Clinesmith, has been held to account, as he pleaded guilty to altering an email for the FBI's Carter Page FISA warrant application.

The current investigation, a criminal probe, had begun very broadly but has since "narrowed considerably" and now "really is focused on the activities of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation within the FBI", Mr.

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