Attorney General William Barr and the Department of Justice have called out media organizations for falsely reporting that the DOJ had ended its investigation into allegations of voter fraud and had found no evidence.
AG Barr’s original statements, which were misreported by multiple mainstream media outlets, were that “we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”
Instead of reporting exactly that, many news outlets reported that Barr had not found any evidence of voter fraud, and that the Department of Justice had concluded its investigation.
“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. That is not what the Associated Press reported nor what the Attorney General stated. The Department will continue to receive and vigorously pursue all specific and credible allegations of fraud as expeditiously as possible,” a DOJ spokesperson said in a statement.
CBS News’ Catherine Herridge shared the information on Twitter:
— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) December 2, 2020
The Original Story
Reporting by the Associated Press on Tuesday was misconstrued by many mainstream media outlets. The AP’s article read:
“Barr told the AP that U.S. attorneys and FBI agents have been working to follow up specific complaints and information they’ve received, but “to date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”
The comments, which drew immediate criticism from Trump attorneys, were especially notable coming from Barr, who has been one of the president’s most ardent allies. Before the election, he had repeatedly raised the notion that mail-in voting could be especially vulnerable to fraud during the coronavirus pandemic as Americans feared going to polls and instead chose to vote by mail.”
“There’s been one assertion that would be systemic fraud and that would be the claim that machines were programmed essentially to skew the election results. And the DHS and DOJ have looked into that, and so far, we haven’t seen anything to substantiate that,” Barr added.
“Most claims of fraud are very particularized to a particular set of circumstances or actors or conduct. … And those have been run down; they are being run down. Some have been broad and potentially cover a few thousand votes. They have been followed up on,” Barr continued.
Trump Team Response
The Trump campaign’s legal team responded to Barr’s statements by alleging that “there hasn’t been any semblance of a Department of Justice investigation” and that the evidence they have compiled so far has not been examined by the DOJ.
“Again, with the greatest respect to the Attorney General, his opinion appears to be without any knowledge or investigation of the substantial irregularities and evidence of systemic fraud,” the Trump campaign’s legal team added.
After the election, AG Barr gave the authorization for federal prosecutors to pursue any “substantial allegations” of voting irregularities “if there are clear and apparently-credible allegations of irregularities that, if true, could potentially impact the outcome of a federal election in an individual State.”
From what has been said by the Trump campaign legal team, and the lack of public information about any investigations being conducted by the DOJ, many on the right believe that nothing is being done at the federal level to look into substantial allegations of voter fraud, irregularities, and other shady practices being conducted in polling places around the country.