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 refused to say Wednesday 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 baseless allegations made by Trump and his campaign team that the Republican president had been removed from re-election by election fraud.
"To date, 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 seen as a staunch supporter of the president until Tuesday.
During a press conference on Wednesday, a reporter asked White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, "Does (Trump) still trust Attorney General Bill Barr? Does he still trust Bill Barr?"
US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with US Attorney General William Barr (R) during the Public Safety Official's Medal of Valor award 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 secretaries in the past was sometimes followed by the dismissal of the administrative officer who was asked about.
McEnany said she didn't 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 (Mark Meadows) yesterday and discussed a number of issues, 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 voter turnout in battlefield states in Biden's favor.
However, Bide is expected to win 306 votes in the electoral college, 36 more than it would take to secure victory in 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 on Wednesday if Trump still believes he can find 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 lawsuit," 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 dozen 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 in 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 because that state is questioning the legality of postal voting there.