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Trevor Potter: Trump and Barr make baseless and harmful claims about mail-in ballot fraud

June 27, 2020

Note: this piece was originally published in Fox News, and was written by Checks & Balances member Trevor Potter.

Attorney General William Barr has been busy following President Trump’s lead in spreading unfounded theories about potential widespread fraud in absentee voting. As an election lawyer for Republican presidential candidates, I know these claims are baseless and harmful to our democracy.

The attorney general’s partisan roleplaying and his false statements about absentee voting seem frighteningly designed to threaten the public perception of the legitimacy of the November election.

On “Fox News Sunday,” Barr said that largescale mail-in voting “opens the floodgates to fraud.” In the same interview, he continued to say he is “worried about undermining the public confidence in the integrity of the elections.” This is a duplicitous statement, since Barr is the one creating and fanning the flames of hysteria that weaken public confidence in elections.

This is an example of the Trump administration’s double standards. Barr voted absentee in Virginia as recently as last year. President Trump himself voted by mail in the Florida primary earlier this year.

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