With an unprecedented amount of mail-in ballots expected in the 2020 election, President Donald Trump and his Republican allies have been pursuing a months-long campaign to sow mistrust in the 100+ year old institution, falsely claiming the process is rife with enough voter fraud to potentially sway an entire election.
Republicans have baselessly floated the possibility of foreign countries somehow sending fake ballots into the U.S. and of people voting multiple times.
In a Senate committee hearing on Friday, FBI Director Christopher Wray—who was appointed by Trump—confirmed that there is no evidence in history of a coordinated effort to sway an election using fraudulent ballots.
"We take all election related threats seriously ... We have not seen, historically, any kind of coordinated national voter fraud effort in a major election, whether it's by mail or otherwise."
While Wray emphasized that his comments weren't minimizing the seriousness with which the FBI approaches election related threats, his words were a notable contradiction to the smears from Trump.
On Friday, Trump's chief of staff Mark Meadows responded to the Director's comments in an interview.
"With all due respect to Director Wray, he has a hard time finding emails in his own FBI, let alone figuring out whether there's any kind of voter fraud."
He went on to encourage Wray to investigate instances of voter fraud "on the ground" and said that would potentially change his testimony.
Twitter users pushed back against Meadows' rebuttal.
Others warned that the White House was determined to corrupt the results of the election.
Trump has said that he would accept election results deemed fair by the Supreme Court, to which he is trying to appoint a new conservative Justice.