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Biden Jokes Bill Barr Will Need ‘Witness Protection’

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Joe Biden joked Tuesday evening that Attorney General Bill Barr should be enrolled in ‘witness protection’ after revealing his Justice Department didn’t find any evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.

While speaking to The New York Times, which published his comments Wednesday morning, Biden laughed and sarcastically said Barr had just called him ‘asking if I can get him in the witness protection program for endorsing me.’

Although Barr has not actually endorsed the Democrat, Biden is suggesting his comments about the election essentially admit there are no avenues for President Donald Trump to overturn the results.

In admitting this, Biden is also mocking the mob that could be after Barr as rumors swirl that he’ll be the next to go with just a few weeks left in Trump’s administration.

Barr’s comments come despite Trump ‘s repeated claims that the election was stolen, and refusal to concede and admit his loss to Biden.

In an interview with The Associated Press Tuesday, Barr said U. S. attorneys and FBI agents have been working to follow up specific complaints and information they’ve received, but revealed they haven’t uncovered any evidence that would change the outcome of the election.

‘To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election,’ Barr said.

The comments are especially direct coming from Barr, who has been one of the president’s most ardent allies. Before the election, he had repeatedly raised the notion that mail-in voter fraud could be especially vulnerable to fraud during the coronavirus pandemic as Americans feared going to polls and instead chose to vote by mail.

They came even as Trump continued Tuesday to call the election ‘rigged’ and blasted out clips to a series of unverified claims of voter fraud.

It also came on a day when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) referenced the ‘new administration,’ as President-elect Joe Biden introduced his economic team.

Biden said more than anything, he feels accomplished in his presidential bid by being the one to boot Trump from office.

‘I feel like I’ve done something good for the country by making sure that Donald Trump is not going to be president for four more years,’ Biden told The Times.

‘But there’s been no moment of elation,’ he added, referencing the uncertain times of the pandemic and circumstances with a president who refuses to admit defeat. ‘It’s just one of those moments. There’s a lot of work to do. I’m just focused on getting some things done as quickly as I can.’

Last month, Barr issued a directive to U. S. attorneys across the country allowing them to pursue any ‘substantial allegations’ of voting irregularities, if they existed, before the 2020 presidential election was certified, despite no evidence at that time of widespread fraud.

That memorandum gave prosecutors the ability to go around longstanding Justice Department policy that normally would prohibit such overt actions before the election was certified. Soon after it was issued, the department’s top elections crime official announced he would step aside from that position because of the memo.

The Trump campaign team led by Rudy Giuliani has been alleging a widespread conspiracy by Democrats to dump millions of illegal votes into the system with no evidence. They have filed multiple lawsuits in battleground states alleging that partisan poll watchers didn’t have a clear enough view at polling sites in some locations and therefore something illegal must have happened.

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