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Report: After Barr Saying There is No Evidence Yesterday, DOJ Will Continue to Pursue Claims of Voter Fraud

Despite Bill Barr suggesting he had "not seen" widespread voter fraud, a DOJ official has said they continue pursuing "specific and credible allegations."

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Despite Attorney General Bill Barr suggesting he had “not seen” widespread voter fraud, a Department of Justice (DOJ) official has said they will continue pursuing “specific and credible allegations.”

Yesterday, according to the Associated Press, Barr disputed President Trump’s “persistent, baseless claims” of voter 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,” he said.

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A DOJ spokesperson sought to clarify today in a statement to several media outlets that the department had not concluded their investigation.

They advised, “The Department will continue to receive and vigorously pursue all specific and credible allegations of fraud as expeditiously as possible.”

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Is AG Bill Barr Trying To Cover For His Comments On Voter Fraud?

In his comments to the AP, Barr hinted that accusations of widespread voter fraud were an excuse for some to “use the criminal justice system as sort of a default fix-all” to investigate.

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He also minimized what was found.

“Most claims of fraud are very particularized to a particular set of circumstances or actors or conduct. They are not systemic allegations [and] those have been run down; they are being run down,” he added.

“Some have been broad and potentially cover a few thousand votes. They have been followed up on.”

Barr’s comments about voter fraud drew fire from the President’s attorneys almost immediately upon publication.

“With all due respect to the Attorney General, there hasn’t been any semblance of a Department of Justice investigation. We have gathered ample evidence of illegal voting in at least six states, which they have not examined,” a statement from the Trump campaign legal team reads.

Now, however, we have a DOJ official making a statement of clarification just a day later.

“Some media outlets have incorrectly reported that the Department has concluded its investigation of election fraud and announced an affirmative finding of no fraud in the election,” the official said.

“That is not what the Associated Press reported nor what the Attorney General stated.”

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What Has The DOJ Been Doing?

Barr’s voter fraud comments also drew the ire of many conservative critics who recognize that, despite all of his bluster, the attorney general has failed to deliver in several areas when it was most needed.

Election fraud, having been alleged for years, is just the latest example.

Barr did manage to appoint U.S. Attorney John Durham as special counsel to continue investigating the origins of the Russia probe in the next administration.

Fox News had reported that Durham’s investigation was to continue moving “full steam ahead” and that it was “definitely still happening.”

Why Durham was unable to draw conclusions prior to the election when he was appointed to begin his investigation back in May of 2019 remains uncertain.

Back in August, Barr claimed that there were “bombshells” in the Durham investigation and that information would be released before November.

This piece originally appeared in ThePoliticalInsider.com and is used by permission.

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