Trump Won’t Say Whether He Still Has Confidence in Barr

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    President Donald Trump continued to spout unsubstantiated voter fraud claims Thursday, insisting anew, and falsely, that the election was “rigged.”

    The president made the comments during a Medal of Freedom ceremony honoring former football coach Lou Holtz in the Oval Office.

    Trump reiterated much of the same litany of misinformation and unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud that he has been making for the past month, again insisting it was “the most fraudulent election that anyone’s ever seen.”

    Asked about the comments made earlier this week by Attorney General Bill Barr, who told The Associated Press that he has not seen any evidence of voter fraud that would have overturned the election results, Trump said it was because “he hasn’t done anything, so he hasn’t looked. When he looks, he’ll see the kind of evidence.”

    Trump wouldn’t say whether he still has confidence in Barr, responding only, “Ask me in a number of weeks from now.”

    Trump’s continued false claims raise questions about how far he may be willing to go in his campaign to overturn Biden’s win, including whether he might press Republicans in Congress to block certification of the vote, a move that’s been floated by the president’s allies.

    Biden received a record 81 million votes compared to 74 million for Trump. The Democrat also won 306 electoral votes compared to 232 for Trump. The Electoral College split matches Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton four years ago, which he described then as a “landslide.”

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