Republican Senator of the Republic of South Carolina Lindsey Graham said on Thursday that the Department of Justice had “investigated” allegations of election fraud, contrary to the statements of President Donald Trump.
During a meeting with John Roberts of Fox News, Graham was questioned about Trump’s recent criticism of the Department of Justice and Attorney General Bill Barr regarding allegations of election fraud.
” Well, they looked around, I know that,” said Graham, who is also the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “In fact, I sent an affidavit signed by the gentleman in Pennsylvania – I believe it was Pennsylvania – backdating the ballots. I know that the Department of Justice and the people at the post office actually talked to this person.
Graham continued, “But I would suggest the following to the Department of Justice. If someone comes forward who is willing to sign an affidavit under oath that they have seen something illegal or improper, you are required to look into it.
Graham’s remarks contradict Trump’s earlier remarks when he told White House reporters that Barr had “done nothing” to investigate allegations of widespread election fraud.
“He did not look,” Trump said. “If he looks, he’ll see the kind of evidence you see in the Georgia Senate right now.
Trump continued, “You haven’t looked very closely, which is a disappointment, to be honest with you.
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Graham and Trump’s comments come shortly after Barr spoke to the Associated Press about allegations of widespread election fraud in the 2020 elections. Following the predicted victory of Joe Biden in the 2020 elections, Trump repeatedly made seemingly unsubstantiated allegations of widespread election fraud, prompting Barr to instruct lawyers throughout the U.S. to investigate “substantial allegations” of election irregularities.
Although Barr is one of Trump’s closest allies, he told the Associated Press on Tuesday that lawyers and FBI agents had investigated the allegations and verified the information received, but “to date we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have caused a different election outcome.
In addition to Trump, Barr also faced criticism from Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, and the campaign’s lead legal adviser, Jenna Ellis.
“With all due respect to the Attorney General, there has been no appearance of an investigation by the Department of Justice,” Giuliani and Ellis said in a joint statement on Tuesday. “We have collected numerous pieces of evidence of illegal voting in at least six states that they have not investigated. We have many witnesses who swear under oath that they saw that crimes were committed in connection with election fraud. As far as we know, not one of them was interviewed by the DOJ. The DOJ has also not inspected voting machines or used its subpoena powers to determine the truth.
The statement by Trump’s legal team also stated: “With all due respect to the Attorney General, his opinion appears to be without any knowledge or investigation of the material irregularities and evidence of systematic fraud.
Washington Newsday turned to Graham’s office and Trump’s campaign for comment, but did not receive a response in time for publication.