U.S. President Donald Trump holds a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House August 19, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trump’s own FBI director shoots down his bogus conspiracy theories about mass voter fraud

"We have not seen, historically, any kind of coordinated national voter fraud effort in a major election"

Alex Henderson
September 24, 2020 7:33PM (UTC)

This article originally appeared on AlterNet.

While Democrats are encouraging voting by mail because of the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump continues to attack the process and vehemently insists, without evidence, that mail-in voting encourages voter fraud. FBI Director Christopher Wray answered questions about the security of mail-in voting during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee meeting on Thursday, and he didn't see it as any less secure than voting in person.

During his testimony, Wray told Democratic Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan, "We take all election-related threats seriously, whether it's voter fraud, voter suppression — whether it's in person, whether it's by mail. And our role is to investigate the threat actors. Now, we have not seen, historically, any kind of coordinated national voter fraud effort in a major election, whether it's by mail or otherwise."


Wray pointed out that that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has seen local election fraud "from time to time" but that there was no evidence to suggest that mail-in voting is less secure than voting in person.

"Certainly, to change a federal election outcome by mounting that kind of fraud at scale would be a major challenge for an adversary," Wray told Peters. "But people should make no mistake: We're vigilant."

Attorney General Bill Barr, on the other hand — who happens to be Wray's boss — has echoed Trump's dubious concerns about voter fraud. He has even claimed the federal government uncovered a case of one person turning in 1,700 fraudulent ballots — but this story turned out to be entirely false.


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