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US News FBI chief: So far no case of organized election fraud in the US

10:06  25 september  2020
10:06  25 september  2020 Source:   spiegel.de

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Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN) FBI Director Christopher Wray said Thursday that there hasn't been a coordinated national voter fraud effort in past elections " We have seen organized tactical activity at both the local and regional level.

FBI Director Christopher Wray testified to Congress on Thursday that the agency has not historically seen “any kind of coordinated national voter fraud A Washington Post analysis of three vote-by-mail states ’ ballots in the 2016 and 2018 elections also found only 372 possible instances of fraud via

President Trump has been claiming for weeks that the November election will be rigged. The head of the federal police now makes it clear: Such an attempt at electoral fraud has not yet been noticed.

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According to FBI boss Christopher Wray, there has been no large-scale election fraud in the USA . "We have not seen any kind of coordinated attempts at electoral fraud at the national level in the past," Wray said at a hearing in the US Senate on Thursday - neither in postal votes nor otherwise.

In no way should his statements be construed to mean that the FBI's responsibility to investigate such incidents or the potential impact is downplayed: "From time to time we have seen electoral fraud at the local level."

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FBI Director Christopher A. Wray told senators Thursday that the United States has not experienced large-scale voter fraud by mail or other means, and said it would be a “major challenge” for a foreign country to attempt such a thing, despite repeated claims made by President Trump in the run-up to

The FBI has worked to counter the threats posed by fraud schemes and illicit finance activities since its inception—these threats are pervasive and In the current environment, demand for PPE and other goods far exceeds supply, and businesses have had to alter standard practices to continue operations.

The FBI is vigilant with regard to 's election on November 3rd, is closely monitoring the situation, he said. The federal police warned on Thursday in a message about criminal offenses in connection with the election and named among other things the double voting.

Because of the corona pandemic, it is expected that significantly more voters will vote by letter in the upcoming presidential and congressional elections. US President Donald Trump repeatedly warns of fraud in view of this, but does not provide any conclusive evidence. Experts and those responsible for elections deny that the election documents sent by post drastically increased the risk of election fraud.

The US Democrats fear that Trump's warnings are preparing the ground to question the outcome in the event of defeat. This Thursday, Trump once again raised doubts about the outcome of the election: "We have to make sure that the election is honest. But I don't know whether it can be." On Wednesday he even refused to guarantee a peaceful transfer of power after the election. "We have to wait and see what happens," he said at a press conference in the White House.

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And, of course, election fraud flourished as well, along with its accompanying scare tactics. In anticipation of the 1936 general election in the fall, Milligan called for a grand jury to convene and began to gather information. Further analysis showed such fraud and other tinkering were systemic.

His Democratic challenger

Joe Biden was shocked at his first reaction to Trump's remarks: "He says the most irrational things. I don't know what to say." Senate Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer criticized Trump's statement on Twitter . The president is not a dictator and America will not allow him to be one. Clear words from the political opponent - and from your own party

The spokeswoman for the House of Representatives,

Nancy Pelosi , commented on the process: She has confidence in the American people to achieve a clear result in November. "That the President of the United States would question the idea of ​​a peaceful transfer of power, well, that's no surprise," she said.

Senator

Mitt Romney , one of Trump's harshest critics in the Republican ranks, wrote on Twitter: "A peaceful transfer of power is fundamental to democracy; without that there is Belarus . Any suggestion that a president guarantees this Failing to respect the constitution is both unthinkable and unacceptable. "

After Trump's unclear statements about the handover in the event of an election defeat, the White House sought clarification later on Thursday. "The president will accept the results of a free and fair election," said spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany.

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