On Thursday, President Donald Trump rebuked Attorney General William Barr for denying his unfounded allegations of widespread voter fraud in the presidential election.
” Well, he did nothing. So he didn’t look,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. “You didn’t look very closely, which, to be honest with you, is a disappointment because it is massive fraud.
President’s remarks come days after Barr stated that the Department of Justice (DOJ) had not uncovered evidence of widespread fraud after investigating certain complaints and information received by the agency.
“To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected any other election outcome,” Barr told Associated Press on Monday.
The Attorney General added: “There was one allegation that would constitute systematic fraud, and that would be the allegation that machines were essentially programmed to falsify election results. And the [Department of Homeland Security] and the Department of Justice have investigated this, and so far we have seen nothing to support it.
The explanation was another blow to Trump’s story that the election was rigged and stolen by the Democrats. The President refused to allow President-elect Joe Biden, who was declared the winner on November 7, to run the race. Biden clearly defeated Trump in the election vote and won 232 votes, 306 to Trump’s 232. He also leads the national referendum with nearly 7 million votes.
Trump’s legal team has filed dozens of lawsuits, mostly in key states, to refute the election results. Almost all of them failed. Barr told AP that the civil actions brought by the campaign of the president and his Republican allies were the appropriate legal action.
But on Thursday Trump claimed that the Attorney General should look at the matter through a criminal lens.
“This is not civil. He thought it was civil,” Trump told reporters. “This is not civil. This is criminal stuff. This is very bad criminal stuff.”
Barr is one of the president’s most loyal cabinet members since his appointment in 2019. Like Trump, he attacked the Special Advisor’s investigation into Russian electoral manipulation and its links to the president’s 2016 campaign. His department also interfered in the investigations of Trump’s former allies, including Roger Stone and Michael Flynn.
But when asked on Thursday if he still had confidence in his attorney general, Trump refused to say. It was reported on CNN, ABC and the Washington Post that Trump is angry with Barr and is considering firing him for declaring that no widespread election fraud was detected.
“Ask me that in a few weeks,” the president replied. “You should look into all this fraud.”
Washington Newsday turned to the DOJ to comment on Trump’s comments, but did not receive a response in time for publication.