In an appointment order released Tuesday, first reported by the Associated Press, Attorney
General William Barr appointed Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham as special counsel to continue his investigation into the origins of the FBI’s phony charges tying President Trump and his campaign to claims of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
According to the AP report, Mr. Barr said that Durham is authorized "to investigate whether any federal official, employee or any person or entity violated the law in connection with the intelligence, counter-intelligence or law enforcement activities."
This would appear to be great news because Barr's decision to elevate him as a special counsel, done two weeks prior to the election, gives Durham an extra layer of protection -- he can't easily be fired in a Justice Department if President Trump’s challenges to the fraudulent election fail and a Biden administration tries to quash the Durham investigation.
However, at the same time Attorney General Barr acted to preserve the investigation into what amounted to an attempted coup by the outgoing Obama administration, he appeared to step on attempts to prove that the widespread vote fraud in the 2020 election could change the outcome of the election.
"To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election," Barr told the Associated Press.
Barr specifically singled out the extensive evidence that vote tabulation machines had been tampered with in a way to skew the election towards Joe Biden.
"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 said according to the AP report.
Barr told the AP that, to date, the department's investigations have been more isolated instances of potential fraud rather than anything indicating a systemic failure in how the election was carried out.
"Most claims of fraud are very particularized to a particular set of circumstances or actors or conduct," Barr said. "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."
Most media and social media reported that Barr said the FBI and DOJ had concluded there was no election fraud – and President Trump’s legal team was quick to respond. A joint statement issued by Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis said:
“With all due respect to the Attorney General, there hasn’t been any semblance of a Department of Justice investigation. We have gathered ample evidence of illegal voting in at least six states, which they have not examined. We have many witnesses swearing under oath they saw crimes being committed in connection with voter fraud. As far as we know, not a single one has been interviewed by the DOJ. The Justice Department also hasn’t audited any voting machines or used their subpoena powers to determine the truth.
“Nonetheless, we will continue our pursuit of the truth through the judicial system and state legislatures and continue toward the Constitution’s mandate and ensuring that every legal vote is counted and every illegal vote is not. 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.”
But the headlines did not capture what Attorney General Barr actually said. What he said was the Department will continue to receive and vigorously pursue all specific and credible allegations of fraud as expeditiously as possible, but that to-date no systemic fraud had been uncovered.
The problem with Barr’s comments is not that there wasn’t systemic election fraud or that evidence of it does not exist, it is that the FBI hasn’t been looking for it and that Mr. Barr seems to be waiting around for someone to bring him the proof all wrapped-up in a neat little package.
That is not how the FBI and the voting rights section of the DOJ is supposed to operate. They are expected to be proactive and to go out and look for election violations when there is evidence of voting rights violations. Imagine for a moment that the massive evidence of election fraud was to the disadvantage of a minority candidate for Senator and vote fraud deprived an African American candidate – say like Republican John James of Michigan -- of office. One would think the FBI and DOJ would be on that like they were on the specious “noose” in Bubba Wallace’s NASCAR garage.
For some reason, the Attorney General seems determined to give with one hand on the Durham investigation and take with the other on the systemic vote fraud non-investigation. We urge CHQ readers and friends to call or contact Attorney General Barr at the Department of Justice. Tell him there’s plenty of evidence of systemic election fraud here How The Democrats Stole The Election From President Trump (Part 1 of 2) and here How The Democrats Stole The Election From President Trump (Part 2 of 2) all he has to do is ask to see it.
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