Representatives Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Jody Hice (R-GA), and members of the House Freedom Caucus are calling on Attorney General William Barr to conduct a forensic audit of the 2020 election.
Biggs accused Barr of being “missing in action” after suggesting a request had been made a month ago that he conduct an investigation into allegations of voter fraud.
“I feel that [Barr] is missing in action,” accused Biggs. “The reality is that he is capable, he’s qualified and he’s got a department of capable, qualified individuals. We need them in action from about a month ago. We are running out of time. He needs to get them going.”
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) likened a lack of investigation to letting somebody get away with attempted murder.
“Barr says there isn’t enough evidence to turn over the election,” he recalled. “We don’t let people off for only trying to murder someone.”
Yesterday, I led a press conference to demand that Attorney General Barr release the findings of his election fraud investigation.
It is imperative that the American people receive clarity as to the allegations and claims that have been raised about the 2020 election. pic.twitter.com/YtO3cjBo8j
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) December 4, 2020
Barr Needs To Conduct A Forensic Audit Of The Election Now
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The Republican lawmakers’ demands for a forensic audit of the election come on the same day that President Trump’s legal team released a video of what they claim are poll workers pulling out ‘suitcases’ of ballots in Georgia.
Volunteer attorney Jackie Pick accused poll workers in the video of counting those same ballots after witnesses had been cleared from the room.
The video’s context has been disputed, but Hice found it to be compelling enough to call out the Department of Justice.
Caught on candid camera…
Fulton County supervisors in Georgia tell poll workers, press and observers to leave the room…
And then pull out SUITCASES of ballots.
Say it with me… F R A U D.
WHERE IS THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE?”pic.twitter.com/1Nc8cZqGXA
— Rep. Jody Hice (@CongressmanHice) December 3, 2020
At Thursday’s press conference, Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX) indicated just how important accountability in the election is for the American people.
“What’s he [Barr] actually doing?” he asked. “Why are election materials and voting machines not being gathered and preserved for investigation?”
“This is not A hill to die on, this is THEE hill to die on,” Weber concluded.
US Reps want Barr to investigate voter fraud in the election.https://t.co/Xva7l16Xgz
— David J Harris Jr (@DavidJHarrisJr) December 4, 2020
“The only way we will know is if they have federal investigators in now and do an audit,” Kentucky Rep. Andy Barr said. “Votes were counted in secret, and we want to know why; we implore you, Barr, to work on this.”
Tensions Flaring Over Barr’s Inaction
Tensions have been flaring for some time now between Republicans concerned about election integrity and a dormant Department of Justice.
That tension came to a head when Barr told the Associated Press that he had “not seen” evidence of widespread voter fraud.
“To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election,” Barr claimed.
The President’s legal team put out a statement of response almost immediately.
“With all due respect to the Attorney General, there hasn’t been any semblance of a Department of Justice investigation,” they wrote. “We have gathered ample evidence of illegal voting in at least six states, which they have not examined.”
Shortly thereafter, a DOJ official sought to clarify the report.
“Some media outlets have incorrectly reported that the Department has concluded its investigation of election fraud and announced an affirmative finding of no fraud in the election,” the official said.
“That is not what the Associated Press reported nor what the Attorney General stated.”
— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) December 2, 2020
“The Department will continue to receive and vigorously pursue all specific and credible allegations of fraud as expeditiously as possible,” they advised.
But the damage seems to have already been done.
Gohmert, when asked if he had confidence in Barr responded, “I used to.”
President Trump also gave an indication that Barr better get moving on a forensic audit of the election.
When asked if he had confidence in Barr he replied, “Ask me that in a number of weeks from now.”
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