White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany answers questions during a press conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, the United States, on December 2, 2020.
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President Donald Trump’s spokeswoman on Wednesday refused to say whether Trump still has any confidence in Attorney General William Barr, a day after Barr said the Justice Department had found no evidence that widespread election fraud resulted in President-elect Joe Biden’s victory have.
Barr’s testimony undermined the baseless allegations made by Trump and his electoral team that the Republican president had been removed from re-election through electoral fraud.
“So far we have not seen any fraud on a scale that could have resulted in a different election result,” Barr told the Associated Press in an interview Tuesday.
That interview sparked instant speculation that Trump would fire Barr, who was viewed as a staunch supporter of the president until Tuesday.
During a press conference on Wednesday, a reporter asked White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, “I do [Trump] Do you still have faith in Attorney General Bill Barr? Does he still have faith in Bill Barr? “
US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with US Attorney General William Barr (R) during the Public Safety Officer’s Medal of Valor ceremony on May 22, 2019 at the White House in Washington, DC.
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McEnany did not answer this question directly.
“When we have announcements, I’ll let you know,” she replied.
This response from Trump’s press spokesman in the past was sometimes followed by the dismissal of the administrative officer who was asked about.
McEnany said she did not speak to the president about the attorney general’s testimony after a reporter asked if Trump was upset by Barr’s comments.
The press secretary said she did not know if Trump had spoken to the attorney general since the AP interview was published.
“I know the attorney general was here for a pre-scheduled meeting with the chief of staff yesterday [Mark Meadows] and they discussed a number of topics, but I don’t know if the president spoke to him directly, “McEnany said.
The Justice Department, which Barr heads, did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request to comment on McEnany’s remarks.
Trump has falsely claimed he defeated Democratic challenger Biden and advocated a number of unproven conspiracy theories while arguing that large-scale electoral fraud affected the number of votes in battlefield states in Biden’s favor.
However, Biden is expected to win 306 votes on the electoral college, 36 more than he needed to win the presidential election. The electoral college is due to meet and vote on December 14th.
Legal and electoral professionals say Trump has little or no hope of avoiding defeat through lawsuits, recounts, or a radical move by a handful of state lawmakers to invalidate the referendum result in their respective states.
McEnany was asked Wednesday if Trump still believes he has a way to win re-election, even after Biden’s victories in all battlefield states were confirmed that the president would have to win to secure a second term.
“The president has said that he believes that all legal votes should be counted and all illegal votes should not be counted, and in fact the campaign is following this legal battle,” McEnany replied.
“I can’t go into the details of this lawsuit here, but there are still active cases in Nevada and Wisconsin,” she said.
The Trump campaign and its allies have lost or withdrawn dozens of election-related lawsuits in multiple states without voiding votes for Biden.
The Trump campaign has announced that it will call on the US Supreme Court to hear an appeal on a badly lost case by a federal court in Pennsylvania that sought to invalidate millions of ballots in that state.
On Tuesday, Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., Urged the Supreme Court to annul Pennsylvania’s certification of Biden’s victory in that state as that state has questioned the legality of postal ballot papers.