Bill Barr’s rejection of Trump’s election fraud claims suggests Republican support is weakening

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Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat in the Senate, could barely contain his grin as he was asked to react to Mr Barr’s comments. “I guess he’s the next one to be fired, since he too says there’s no fraud,” he told reporters. “Trump seems to fire anyone in that regard.”

Speculation was rife when the attorney general was seen entering the White House, but officials insisted that Mr Barr was attending a pre-scheduled meeting. Within hours, however, a spokesperson for the Justice Department had issued a statement insisting it would “continue to receive and vigorously pursue all specific and credible allegations of fraud as expeditiously as possible.”

While Mr Trump continued to claim he had proof of widespread voter fraud, insisting that the election was “rigged”, Mr Barr’s comments appear to have given cover to other senior Republicans to break with the president on the…

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