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Sat Nov 21, 2020, 01:33 PM

Justice Dept. meets Trump, Giuliani vote-fraud claims with silent skepticism

The Justice Department has met President Trumpís fantastical claims of widespread voter fraud with two weeks of skeptical silence, not taking any overt moves to investigate what Trumpís lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, claims is a globe-spanning conspiracy to steal the election.

Such deafening silence from one of the governmentís main enforcers of election law indicates just how little evidence there is to support the wild, wide-ranging claims made by Trump and his supporters, most notably Giuliani in a Thursday news conference held inside the Republican National Committee headquarters.

Privately, Justice Department officials have said they are willing to investigate legitimate claims of vote fraud; Attorney General William P. Barr even loosened some restrictions that might otherwise have discouraged prosecutors from doing so before results are certified.

But current and former officials said they thought Giulianiís accusations sounded ďcrazy,Ē and they have not seen or heard of any evidence suggesting large-scale fraud, let alone the kind of intercontinental conspiracy described by the presidentís lawyer. Like others, they spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a politically sensitive matter.


Billy Barr will probably show those career employees the error of their ways./s

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