AP reported on Dec. 1 that Attorney General William Barr said: “to date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.” This has been interpreted to mean there must not have been widespread fraud.
Not really — at least not yet.
The Department of Justice released a statement right after the AP report. “Some media outlets have incorrectly reported that the DOJ 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,” a DOJ spokesperson said, according to CBS News reporter Catherine Herridge.
The statement continued: “The Department will continue to receive and vigorously pursue all specific and credible allegations of fraud as expeditiously as possible.”
Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis, attorneys for Trump, also released a statement: “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. We have many witnesses swearing under oath they saw crimes being committed in connection with voter fraud. As far as we know, not a single one has been interviewed by the DOJ. The Justice Department also hasn’t audited any voting machines or used their subpoena powers to determine the truth.”
In a CNN interview in September 2020, AG Barr raised serious concerns about the widespread use of mail-in ballots, and called universal mail-in voting “playing with fire” and “reckless and dangerous.”