Senator for Democratic Maryland Chris Van Hollen hinted on Tuesday that Attorney General William Barr could be fired by President Donald Trump for his statements about election fraud.
Designated President Joe Biden is widely predicted to win the U.S. presidential election in 2020. Trump also claimed victory and refused to back down, citing allegations of widespread election rigging. Lawyers have filed lawsuits in several states to overturn the election results, but many of these lawsuits have been dismissed by the judges.
Breaking with some of Trump’s allegations, Barr said on Tuesday that no evidence of fraud had been uncovered that would alter the election results. During an appearance on MSNBC on Tuesday, Van Hollen hinted that Barr would face retribution from Trump for his honesty.
“The pattern in this administration seems to be that anyone who tells the truth gets fired,” Van Hollen said.
“Attorney General Barr is terribly late in establishing the obvious here,” Van Hollen added. “Obviously, he has fueled much of the misinformation early on, but the explanation is still welcome, and I’m sure it won’t be welcome in the White House.
Barr told the Associated Press on Tuesday that while the Department of Justice was working on concrete evidence of alleged election irregularities, “to date we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have caused a different election outcome”.
Washington Newsday turned to the Justice Department for comments.
Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and legal counsel Jenna Ellis criticized Barr’s assessment in a joint statement on Tuesday, claiming that Barr’s statement was “apparently without any knowledge or investigation of the material irregularities and evidence of systematic fraud.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said during a press conference on Wednesday that she was unaware that Trump had spoken directly to Barr about his comments on the fraud investigation.
Although his allegations of fraud are widely regarded as unfounded, Trump has continued to claim that the election was “stolen” from him and he has been hitting those who disagree.
In November, Trump fired the head of the Cyberstructure and Infrastructure Security Agency, Christopher Krebs, after Krebs called the election “the most secure in American history.
In an interview conducted 60 minutes after his dismissal, Krebs described Trump’s accusations of manipulating voting machines as “nonsense.
“There is no evidence that any machine that I know of was manipulated by a foreign power,” Krebs said. “Period.”
Trump’s legal team has also filed lawsuits in several states where Biden won, in an effort to decertify the election results and declare Trump the winner. All states must confirm their election results before the Election Commission meets on December 14 to officially announce who won the election.
According to the Associated Press, Biden received 306 votes to Trump’s 232, giving Biden more than the required number of votes to become president.