WASHINGTON, D.C. (LifeSiteNews) – Former President Donald Trump’s second Attorney General, William Barr, deceived America when he suggested widespread evidence of fraud could not be found in the 2020 presidential election, according to former Trump Department of Justice official Jeffrey Clark.
Barr, whom Trump named in December 2018 to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions (with whom Trump had been disappointed), authorized an investigation into fraud allegations but ultimately contradicted his boss’s insistence after the 2020 race that he had been robbed of rightful victory over Democrat Joe Biden. “We have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election,” Barr told the Associated Press at the time.
Clark, the former assistant attorney general of the DOJ’s Environment & Natural Resources Division and current director of legislation for the Center for Renewing America (and a target of Biden administration investigators over the January 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol), appeared on Steve Bannon’s War Room podcast recently to discuss Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests his organization filed pertaining to how closely the Trump-Barr DOJ really investigated the election.
“There were FOIA requests put in to 12 US Attorney districts in multiple states, the key battlegrounds where electoral votes were in play for whatever party wanted to win, Biden or Trump, that election,” he said. “And after Bill Barr had issued that November 9th memo saying that there should be investigations of the election, the FOIA document requests have come back with no documents, the null set, Steve. So no investigations were done as a result of that memo.”
Only the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has yet to turn in a FOIA response, Clark went on. “And the only district that has not yet responded is the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and I’ll remind you there, Steve, the US Attorney in Philadelphia, the Eastern District, he wrote a letter to Trump last year, and he said that he had election fraud issues, serious ones, to investigate, he asked Barr for permission to investigate, Barr denied it, Barr would not let him hold a press conference, and Barr told him to send anything he had to the Democrat AG.”
That U.S. Attorney, Bill McSwain, wrote to Trump on June 9, 2021 that he wanted to “investigate fully any allegations,” but Barr “instructed me not to make any public statements or put out any press releases regarding possible election irregularities. I was also given a directive to pass along serious allegations to the State Attorney General [Democrat Josh Shapiro] for investigation – the same State Attorney General who had already declared that you could not win.”
Barr told The Washington Post a month later that McSwain’s allegations against him were “just false.”
Barr “said that there was not enough to affect the outcome of the election,” Clark recalled. “But if you’re getting back no documents from FOIA, you know, there’s no indication that investigations were really done, and certainly not done at a deep level.”
The 2020 presidential election was marred by allegations of pro-Democrat vote fraud, bolstered by the dramatic expansion of voting-by-mail in the name of COVID-19 “social distancing.” Twenty-eight states relaxed their mail ballot rules in 2020, contributing to a 17-million increase in voter participation from 2016. In addition to mail ballots generally being less secure than in-person votes, four of those states — Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — changed their rules without legislative consent. Those four alone composed 56 of Biden’s electoral votes, more than enough to decide the victor.
Since the end of the Trump administration, Barr has been intensely critical of Trump. The former president has responded in kind, but many former supporters question why he hired Barr in the first place, and whether he would make different hiring decisions in a potential second presidency.