- Former AG Bill Barr mocked and trashed the film’s “2,000 mules” conclusions.
- The film, directed by Dinesh D’Souza and True The Vote, claims that fraud took place at the ballot box.
- Barr called the film, which was also criticized by experts, “unimpressive” and “indefensible”.
Former Attorney General Bill Barr has mocked the premise of ‘2000 Mules’, a conspiratorial film that purports to show massive fraud with ballot boxes in the 2020 election. The film was extensively analyzed by experts and fact checkers.
Monday’s commission hearing focused on election lies by President Donald Trump and his allies spread to discredit the results of the 2020 election. The hearing included lengthy excerpts from Barr’s sworn deposition before the committee.
“The election wasn’t stolen by fraud, and I haven’t seen anything since the election that makes me change my mind about it, including the movie ‘2000 Mules,'” Barr said in his testimony while laughing.
The film, directed by conservative activist Dinesh D’Souza and conservative election-focused group True The Vote, uses surveillance footage, photographs and cellphone geolocation data in key swing states to argue that the people – the “mules” – engaged in election fraud by essentially stuffing the ballot boxes with fraudulent ballots.
But election experts say the evidence presented by the filmmakers is not enough to show widespread inappropriate activity with drop boxes, let alone a conspiracy to steal the election.
“The [Georgia Bureau of Investigation] wasn’t impressed. I wasn’t impressed either,” Barr said.
“Cellphone data is singularly unimpressive,” Barr added. “Basically, if you take 2 million cell phones and determine where they are physically in a major city like Atlanta or wherever, by definition you’re going to find several hundred of them that have passed and spent time near these boxes. . And the premise that if you go through five boxes or whatever, it’s a mule, is untenable. ”
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The Associated Press in-depth fact check on the film described the film as “based on faulty assumptions, anonymous accounts and incorrect analysis of cellphone location data, which is not specific enough to confirm that someone dropped a ballot into a box deposit, according to the experts”.
One of the reasons that cellphone data is an imperfect measure of the number of ballots dropped into a drop box is that many ballot drop boxes are located in high-traffic public spaces and easily accessible like libraries, town halls and other government buildings, and even grocery stores. .
President Donald Trump’s spokeswoman Liz Harrington also claimed cell phone data collected by the makers of “2,000 mules” helped solve the murder of a young girl in Atlanta, a discredited claim by True the Vote themselves, who acknowledged to NPR they contacted law enforcement two months after arrests had already been made in connection with the murder.
Barr described the photographic evidence in the film as “missing” and noted that while the filmmakers had shown that the so-called harvesting of ballots took place, it would not be enough to prove that these votes were fraudulent or would have swayed the outcome of the election.
“Courts aren’t going to throw out votes, then figure out which votes get in and throw them out,” Barr said in his deposition. “The burden is on the disputing party to show that illegal votes were cast, that the votes were the result of undue influence or bribery…absent such evidence, I do not I haven’t seen the courts reject votes anyway.”
“The debunkers have themselves been thoroughly debunked. And all of them are too cowardly to argue the matter with me. So is the January 6 Committee,” D’Souza wrote in a later tweet.