AG William Barr and the Justice Department are calling out mainstream media organizations for falsely reporting that the investigation into allegations of voter fraud had concluded and had found no evidence.
Attorney General Barr‘s original statements were misreported by the media, as per usual. What Barr actually said was that “we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”
Rather than reporting the actual quote, major news outlets reported that AG Barr hadn’t found any evidence of voter fraud, and that the Department of Justice had concluded its investigation.
“Some media outlets have incorrectly reported that the Department 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. The Department will continue to receive and vigorously pursue all specific and credible allegations of fraud as expeditiously as possible,” a DOJ spokesperson said in a statement.
Catherine Herridge of CBS News shared the information on Twitter:
— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) December 2, 2020
The Original Report
The original article by Associated Press on Tuesday appeared to be taken out of context purposefully by many mainstream media outlets. The AP’s article read:
“Barr told the AP that U.S. attorneys and FBI agents have been working to follow up specific complaints and information they’ve received, but “to date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”
The comments, which drew immediate criticism from Trump attorneys, were especially notable coming from Barr, who has been one of the president’s most ardent allies. Before the election, he had repeatedly raised the notion that mail-in voting could be especially vulnerable to fraud during the coronavirus pandemic as Americans feared going to polls and instead chose to vote by mail.”
“There’s been one assertion that would be systemic fraud and that would be the claim that machines were programmed essentially to skew the election results. And the DHS and DOJ have looked into that, and so far, we haven’t seen anything to substantiate that,” AG Barr added.
“Most claims of fraud are very particularized to a particular set of circumstances or actors or conduct. … And those have been run down; they are being run down. Some have been broad and potentially cover a few thousand votes. They have been followed up on,” the Attorney General continued.
Response from the Trump Team
President Trump‘s campaign’s legal team responded to the comments made by AG Barr by stating that “there hasn’t been any semblance of a Department of Justice investigation,” and that evidence compiled so far by the legal team has not yet been examined by the DOJ.
“Again, with the greatest respect to the Attorney General, his opinion appears to be without any knowledge or investigation of the substantial irregularities and evidence of systemic fraud,” the legal team added.