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Trump to Fox News: Election was 'rigged'

U.S. President Donald J. Trump delivers brief remarks

U.S. President Donald J. Trump delivers brief remarks on the stock market and the Dow reaching 30,000 for the first time in history at the White House in Washington, DC, on Nov. 24. Credit: KEVIN DIETSCH/POOL/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock/KEVIN DIETSCH/POOL/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

President Donald Trump on Sunday continued to claim without evidence the election he lost was "rigged," baselessly claiming the FBI and U.S. Justice Department were "involved," but without elaborating.

Trump's legal team has continued to file and lose lawsuits challenging the election results in states Biden won, arguing unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud. Judges have criticized Trump lawyers for asking the courts to discard millions of legally cast ballots without providing valid evidence to justify their extraordinary requests.

Trump, who spoke on Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures," told anchor Maria Bartiromo the Nov. 3 election "had glitches where they moved thousands of machines from my account to [president elect Joe] Biden's account." He said, "They're theft, they're fraud."

He also said the FBI and DOJ should be more directly involved in his election challenges.

"This is total fraud, and how the FBI and the Department of Justice -- I don't know, maybe they're involved," Trump said. "But how people are allowed to get away from this stuff, with this stuff, is unbelievable."

Trump, in his first interview post-election, also said the two agencies were "missing in action. Can't tell you where they are. I asked 'are they looking at it?' Everyone says 'yes, they're looking at it.'"

"You would think if you're in the FBI or the Department of Justice, this is the biggest thing you could be looking at. Where are they? I've not seen anything, they just keep moving along and they go on to the next president."

On Friday, Pennsylvania Third Circuit Judge Stephanos Bibas rejected the Trump campaign's latest effort to overturn the state's election results. The state, with 20 electoral votes, certified Biden's win last week.

Bibas, a Trump appointee, wrote in the decision: "Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here."

On Fox Trump made no mention of a possible concession. Last week, his administration formally allowed the transition to take place, but Trump has insisted he will continue challenging the results.

In the interview, Trump cited a sarcastic post in "The Federalist," a conservative publication. The piece, written to reflect the "historical implausability" of Biden's win, was titled, "5 More Ways Joe Biden Magically Outperformed Election Norms."

"I won all five, and I still lost," Trump said. "There's only one reason for that: Fraud, stuffing the ballot box."

Trump also said he "got 74 million votes, the largest in the history of a sitting president."

He appeared intent on never accepting the loss as legitimate, continuing to cite unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud. "My mind will not change in six months. There was tremendous cheating here. Boxes were brought in. The mail-in vote is a disaster."

As for his legal challenges, Trump said "we have to move very fast, we have been moving very fast."

He said he hopes the U.S. Supreme Court takes up the case, but acknowledged, "it's hard to get into the Supreme Court. I have got the best Supreme Court advocates, lawyers, that want to argue the case, if it gets there. But they said it's very hard to get a case up there."

He continued to press for the high court to take on his challenges. "We should be heard by the Supreme Court. Something has to be able to get up there. Otherwise, what is the Supreme Court?"

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