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Barr: No sign of vote fraud despite Trump’s claims


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US Attorney General William Barr said on Tuesday the Justice Department has found no evidence of widespread voter fraud in last month’s election, even as US President Donald Trump kept up his flailing legal efforts to reverse his defeat.

The comments by Trump’s top law enforcemen­t official came as the Republican president’s official and unofficial lawyers filed new long- shot legal motions to challenge his loss to Democratic President-elect Joe Biden.

Barr, who has been frequently accused by Democrats of politicizi­ng law enforcemen­t, told the Associated Press that prosecutor­s have not found evidence to back up Trump’s claims that the Nov. 3 election had been marred by widespread fraud.

“To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election,” Barr told the news service.

The Trump campaign said the Justice Department did not investigat­e thoroughly enough.

Biden defeated Trump by 306 to 232 in the state-by-state Electoral College that chooses the president – the same margin that Trump declared a “landslide” when he won four years ago – and leads by more than 6.2 million ballots in the popular vote.

Trump’s fraud claims have been repeatedly rejected by state and federal officials, and his campaign has had no significan­t success in dozens of court cases. Neverthele­ss, Trump’s campaign launched a new effort in Wisconsin on Tuesday, asking the state’s top court to consider throwing out 221,000 absentee ballots that allegedly lacked informatio­n. Biden won the state by about 20,000 votes. In a separate lawsuit, one of Trump’s former lawyers asked a federal judge to declare Trump the winner in that state. But one of the plaintiffs in that case told Reuters he was not aware he was involved. “I had one conversati­on with a lawyer. I said that’s interestin­g, get back to me, and that was it,” Derrick Van Orden, a military veteran who ran unsuccessf­ully for Congress, told Reuters. “I was added to the lawsuit without my knowledge.”

The lawyer who filed that suit, Sidney Powell, said there had been a miscommuni­cation. “We will take appropriat­e action to clear that up,” she told Reuters.

Powell was removed from Trump’s legal team after floating a range of conspiracy theories to explain Trump’s loss.

While unsuccessf­ul in court, Trump’s complaints appear to have yielded political benefit as polls show a large percentage of Republican­s now believe the election was not conducted fairly.

A top election official in Georgia implored Trump to stop his baseless claims, saying they were leading to threats and potential acts of violence against him and other authoritie­s.

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