Throughout American history, Presidents have abdicated power and stepped aside when—through term limits or the voice of the people—their time was up.
For weeks, President Donald Trump has broken that tradition in his refusal to recognize President-elect Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election.
In addition to kneecapping the Biden team's ability to work with the Trump administration towards a transition plan, the President has broadcast lies to his 88 million Twitter followers that widespread voter fraud orchestrated by Democrats tipped the election to Biden.
Trump's legal team—led by Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis—has filed numerous lawsuits, winning only one case out of 40. They've also held what they call hearings on voter fraud in a number of swing state hotel ballrooms, hosting Republican state lawmakers and propping up so-called witnesses of voting irregularities.
Despite these efforts, it's clear that Biden won the election legitimately and Trump's legal team has yet to provide any evidence to the contrary.
Now, even Trump's own Attorney General—William Barr—says the Justice Department's investigation into voter fraud came up short.
Barr told the Associated Press:
"To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election."
Barr is widely considered by Trump's critics as one of the most corrupt Attorneys General in American history, frequently advocating for the President, intervening in cases on his behalf and withdrawing the Department's own criminal lawsuits against the President's allies.
Barr's admission that even he can't drum up evidence to justify Trump's bogus claims of fraud paints a grim picture for the outgoing President.
The President's legal team reacted to Barr's words with more lies about the election, saying in a statement:
"With all due respect to the Attorney General, there hasn't been any semblance of a Department of Justice investigation. We have gathered ample evidence of illegal voting in at least six states, which they have not examined ... Again, with respect to the Attorney General, his opinion appears to be without any knowledge or investigation of the substantial irregularities and evidence of systemic fraud."
Trump's supporters are none too happy with his Attorney General.
Barr hasn't stopped acting in Trump's best interests though.
On Tuesday, Barr appointed attorney John Durham as special counsel to investigate the origins of the Russia investigation, which Trump frequently claims was a "witch hunt."