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To those wondering where the missing Attorney General Bill Barr has been, he has appeared in an interview with the Associated Press.
Here is his message:
“To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election.”
Before the election, he had repeatedly raised the notion that mail-in voter fraud could be especially vulnerable to fraud during the coronavirus pandemic as Americans feared going to polls and instead chose to vote by mail.
Last month, Barr issued a directive to U.S. attorneys across the country allowing them to pursue any “substantial allegations” of voting irregularities, if they existed, before the 2020 presidential election was certified, despite no evidence at that time of widespread fraud. That memorandum gave prosecutors the ability to go around longstanding Justice Department policy that normally would prohibit such overt actions before the election was certified. Soon after it was issued, the department’s top elections crime official announced he would step aside from that position because of the memo.
I’m not buying it. There are way too many anomalies that occurred that have not yet been explained. Democrats and many Republicans have been far too quick to dismiss any concerns without investigating.
How is it possible that President Trump got 11 million more votes than last election, performed better with minorities, carried all Republicans down ballot and yet lost? Biden, on the other hand, performed worse than expected with black Americans (save the all important swing states cities like Detroit, Philadelphia, etc.), won fewer counties than Barack Obama, did not carry any down ticket Democrats, and yet won 80 million votes. Something stinks and the statistical anomalies are not being addressed. They are being denied or ignored.
Barr also poured cold water on Sydney Powell’s claim of rigged electronic voting systems, although he did not mention her by name.
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.
Barr also took the opportunity in his statement to basically say this election fraud problem is not a problem for the Department of Justice. To that I say, the hell it isn’t!!! A loss of confidence in the fairness and legitimacy of our elections is beyond serious and threatens to destabilize the nation as we know it. The United States of America ceases to be the United States of America if we do not have free and fair elections. We become like any other banana republic.
“There’s a growing tendency to use the criminal justice system as sort of a default fix-all, and people don’t like something they want the Department of Justice to come in and ‘investigate,’” Barr said.
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He said first of all there must be a basis to believe there is a crime to investigate.
“Most claims of fraud are very particularized to a particular set of circumstances or actors or conduct. They are not systemic allegations and. And those have been run down; they are being run down,” Barr said. “Some have been broad and potentially cover a few thousand votes. They have been followed up on.”
AG Barr used to be a gangster. Now, he’s just another disappointing Washington establishment swamp figure.
President Trump has not yet responded to Barr’s comments. No doubt, there will be a response forthcoming and you can bet, it won’t be pretty.