Barr: No basis for special counsel on election fraud, seizing voting machines

Barr: No basis for special counsel on election fraud, seizing voting machines
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[Ed. – The range of Trump-right opinion on this is pretty narrow: Barr has gone to the dark side.  I’m not convinced.  His statements on Monday were perfectly worded to gratify those who want to silence all dispute.  He was more categorical than is warranted by the facts.  That’s not characteristic of Barr.]

Outgoing Attorney General William P. Barr said Monday that he saw no basis for the federal government seizing voting machines and that he did not intend to appoint a special counsel to investigate allegations of voter fraud — again breaking with President Trump as the commander in chief entertains increasingly desperate measures to overturn the election.

At a news conference to announce charges in a decades-old terrorism case, Barr — who has just two days left in office — was peppered with questions about whether he would consider steps proposed by allies of the president to advance Trump’s claims of massive voter fraud.

Barr said that while he was “sure there was fraud in this election,” he had not seen evidence that it was so “systemic or broad-based” that it would change the result. He asserted he saw “no basis now for seizing machines by the federal government,” and he would not name a special counsel to explore the allegations of Trump and his allies.

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