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Department of Justice rules out election fraud: what new challenges will Biden’s administration face?

Department of Justice rules out election fraud: what new challenges will Biden’s administration face?

Washington, D.C. – Attorney General William Barr this week said that there is no evidence of any large scale presidential election fraud. Barr’s statement has sparked severe criticism from President Donald Trump’s legal team. Despite Barr’s pronouncement, Trump continues to deny the presidential election results.

In an interview, Barr confirms that there is no widespread election fraud. He also contradicts Trump’s claims of a stolen or “rigged” election. Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, has insisted on the continued investigation into alleged election irregularities. Trump’s critics are calling out Giuliani for supporting “ a thinly veiled power grab.” Meanwhile, Barr confirms that the election would not have had a different outcome. 

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Minutes after Barr’s statement, Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis, the Trump campaign’s senior legal advisor, lashed out. They allege that the DOJ has not adequately investigated election irregularities. Both lawyers charge that the DOJ failed to interview witnesses. But, where’s the proof for fraud? 

Trump campaign officials continue to make waves with their false allegations. These officials cite voting machines arbitrarily changing voters’ choices. The charges are baseless, lacking both evidence and clarity.

President Donald Trump with Attorney General William Barr at the White House on April 1. 
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Has the DOJ ruled out fraud?

A Justice Department spokesperson said that the department would continue to sniff out election fraud. Further, the DOJ emphasized that Barr never really ruled out the possibility of actual election fraud. However, this statement does not align with Barr’s interview. In fact, it’s unclear what the Justice Department’s actual stand is. Does this confusion signal conflict within the department?

During the campaign, Barr did support Trump’s claims that mail-in ballots are vulnerable to massive fraud. But this notion was never substantiated with evidence,  especially amid the pandemic. Millions of voters voted by mail to keep from catching COVID-19. 


Meanwhile, Trump continues to call out Republican Party members for failing to support his legal challenges. Barr recently met with White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and legal counsel Pat Cipollone after the AG’s interview with the Associated Press. Will the Justice Department actually allow for a smooth transition?

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