â€˜We have not seen fraud that could have effected a different outcome'Trump and Giuliani reportedly discussed â€˜pre-emptive pardon'Bipartisan group pitches $908bn Covid-19 relief to break deadlockSign up to receive First Thing â€“ our daily briefing by email 8.33pm GMT It is not all bad news for the Trump-Barr relationship. Barr also told the AP today that he had given extra protection to the prosecutor he appointed to investigate the origins of the Trump-Russia probe.Barr told the Associated Press on Tuesday that he had appointed US attorney John Durham as a special counsel in October under the same federal statute that governed special counsel Robert Mueller in the original Russia probe. He said Durham's investigation has been narrowing to focus more on the conduct of FBI agents who worked on the Russia investigation, known as Crossfire Hurricane.'The investigations grew out of allegations of cooperation between Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russians to help him defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton. 8.10pm GMT Donald Trump's campaign responded to attorney general William Barr's comments that there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the election in a statement from Trump attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis.â€œWith all due respect to the Attorney General, there hasn't been any semblance of a Department of Justice investigation,â€ the statement said.