Transcript for Attorney general declares no evidence of widespread voter fraud
here this evening to president trump and the election and the attorney general who has so often been on the president's side, declaring today that the justice department has found no evidence of widespread voting fraud. He then went to the white house. And here's our chief white house correspondent Jonathan Karl. Reporter: Attorney general bill Barr arrived at the white house today just minutes after declaring he has found no evidence of widespread voter fraud, directly contradicting the president's claims that the We know there was massive Reporter: But Barr told the associated press today, quote, "We have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election." He specifically shot down one of the president's most explosive claims, that voting machines were manipulated to help Biden win. Saying simply, "We haven't seen anything to substantiate that." This is especially significant, because Barr has been among the president's most steadfast defenders. Shortly after the election, he authorized justice department lawyers to go look for fraud, but they found nothing. The president recently implied that doj itself was involved in some kind of sinister plot. This is total fraud, and how the FBI and department of justice, I don't know, maybe they're involved. Reporter: For attorney general Barr, this was just too as he told the A.P., "There's a growing tendency to use the criminal justice system as a sort of default fix-all, and people don't like something, they want the department of justice to come in and investigate. It comes as the president's lawyers travel the country making unfounded claims of election fraud. It's disgraceful what happened. Reporter: The lawyers and the president himself have attacked local Republican officials who certified election results. Some of those officials now facing death threats. Today, a Republican official in the office of Georgia's secretary of state pleading with the president to stop. Stop inspiring people to commit potential acts of violence. Someone's going to get hurt. Someone's going to get shot. Someone's going to get killed. That was quite a moment today. Jon Karl with us live from Washington. And Jon, we saw the president's lawyer Rudy Giuliani in your report there. We know several Giuliani associates are under federal indictment and you are learning that Giuliani has asked the president for a preempty pardon, and there's talk among trump allies of potential pardons for members of the trump family? Reporter: David, we are told by multiple sources that Giuliani in recent weeks has directly brought up with the president the possibility of getting a preemptive pardon for himself. We are also aware of conversations among trump allies about pardons for the president's adult children, but so far, no word yet from the president on any of this. And in the meantime, Jon, you've reported here after the election, the president and his team sending those emails, asking supporters to donate money with subject lines like "We're making huge progress" and "The pathway to victory is clear." And I know tonight you're learning how much the president has raised and where is this money going? Reporter: Yeah,d the fine print. Most of it is not going to the president's legal defense fund. It's going to the Republican national committee and to the pol organization the president has set up to handle his activities after he leaves the white house. We are told they have raised, David, $170 million since the election. All right, Jon Karl with us here on a Tuesday night. Jon, thank you.
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