Meadows dismissed that finding on Friday morning, saying, “With all due respect to Director Wray, he’s having a hard time finding emails in his own FBI, let alone determining whether there is voter fraud.”
Meadows’ criticisms come after the Justice Department announced Thursday that it had opened an investigation into nine military ballots in a northeastern Pennsylvania county that were found to be “rejected.” The ministry said seven of the ballots were cast for Trump after initially saying all nine were in favor of the president, and that officials did not allege any particular crime or wrongdoing.
The unusual nature of the ministry’s announcement and the timeline of the new investigation sparked immediate suspicion among election experts and lawyers, and contributed to fears that Attorney General William Barr would act for Trump’s benefit politically under 40. days before polling day.
On Friday morning, Meadows suggested that Wray “deepen” the investigation of the Pennsylvania ballots and personally intervene in other cases of voter fraud. “Maybe he needs to get involved on the pitch and then he would change his testimony on Capitol Hill,” Meadows said.
Trump, who asked Wray to become director of the FBI in 2017, has repeatedly reprimanded the bureau chief in recent years, including on issues related to former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into election interference Russia and Trump’s campaign in 2016.
After Wray testified before Congress last week about Russia’s “very active efforts” to interfere in the 2020 election and harm Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, Trump warned Wray on Twitter and urged him to to investigate electoral fraud.
“But Chris, you don’t see any activity coming from China, even though it’s a bigger FAR threat than Russia, Russia and Russia,” Trump wrote. “They will both be able, and others, to interfere in our 2020 election with our unsolicited ballot scam (forgery?) Totally vulnerable. Check it out! “
Trump has warned that Democrats are sending millions of “unsolicited” ballots to Americans, alleging the mail-in voting system will lead to historic levels of voter fraud and cast doubt on the outcome of the election. But cases of electoral fraud in the United States are extremely rare, and there is no evidence of the type of mass fraud alleged by Trump.
Experts recognize that there are slightly higher risks of fraud associated with postal voting compared to in-person voting, but only when the proper security measures are not in place. A recent study found that postal voting does not benefit one party over another.
Only nine states are automatically sending the ballots to all voters this year, whether or not they have requested one. Five of those states – Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah, and Washington – regularly send each voter a ballot.
Four states – California, Nevada, New Jersey, and Vermont – are doing it due to the pandemic, just like Washington, DC Montana has also given counties the option to do so, and most of them in took advantage.
Wray previously described misinformation about electoral integrity as his main concern before November 3.