The comments by Barr, who has remained steadfast in his support for President Donald Trump during his tenure, are the latest official reprimand from Republicans over the president’s widespread fraud allegations in his loss of Joe Biden.
Barr said, “So far, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have had a different result in the elections.”
Echoing Trump’s claims that voting by mail was not safe, Barr said that both the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security had looked into the fraud allegations and appeared blank.
“There was one confirmation that it would have been systematic fraud, and that is the claim that the machines were basically programmed to distort the election results,” Barr said. “The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice have looked into that, and so far, we haven’t seen anything to prove that.”
Trump and his attorneys are still pursuing desperate legal challenges to the 2020 election results in some major states, despite the fact that a number of them have already certified their results.
“I’ve been very outspoken about the Arizona election system, and I bragged about it a lot, including in the Oval Office,” the Republican governor tweeted in part, praising the state’s election laws and practices as safe and empowering voters. The Secretary of State’s office said Biden beat Trump with 10,457 votes in Arizona.
And last week, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Georgia’s Secretary of State rejected Trump’s calls for them to cancel the state election results after their approval. Trump made a series of baseless allegations of fraud in the state, for which there is no evidence of this, and lost the state to Biden by more than 12,000 votes. Trump criticized Kemp for the way he handled the state’s recount.
Barr said at the time: “People who are trying to change the rules to this approach, which, from a logic perspective, is very open to fraud and coercion – reckless and dangerous and people are playing with fire.”
Barr’s comments will almost certainly raise questions about Trump’s relationship with his attorney general going forward, especially given the fact that Chris Krebs, the official who runs the cyber arm of the Department of Homeland Security, has been ditched by the president over a statement he issued saying Trump’s allegations were voter fraud Large-scale “very inaccurate”.
Barr went to the White House on Tuesday for a pre-planned meeting with Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, an official told CNN.
Two attorneys working with Trump quickly rejected Barr’s assessment on Tuesday, repeating their claim that they had “sufficient evidence of illegal voting in at least six states,” which they say the attorney general is not aware of.
“With great respect for the Prosecutor, it appears that his opinion is without any knowledge or investigation of material wrongdoing and evidence of systematic fraud,” said attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Gina Ellis in a statement.
This story has been updated with additional information on Barr’s actions.
CNN’s Caroline Kelly, Caitlin Pollantz, and Caitlan Collins contributed to this report.