Former Attorney General William Barr said the film “did not deliver” on the ballot trafficking allegations, while Lee said the film raised “important questions” about the 2020 election.
During Mondays House Select Committee hearing on the January 6 attack on the United States Capitolformer Trump administration attorney general William Barr has discredited a conspiratorial film that makes dubious claims of widespread fraud in the 2020 election. Barr’s rebuke of the ‘2000 mules’ comes just days after that Senator Mike Lee gave tacit approval to the film, which other Utah Republicans showed at campaign events.
In the film ‘2000 Mules’, conservative pundit Dinesh D’Souza theorizes that nonprofit groups paid volunteers – who are compared to drug ‘mules’ – in five states to ‘harvest’ hundreds, even thousands of ballots in 2020 and deposit them in the ballot boxes. The film uses anonymized cellphone data to find out when people approached these drop-off points, which would support D’Souza’s claim.
The film claims that “ballot trafficking” was widespread enough to rig the 2020 election for Joe Biden.
In recorded testimony, Barr says he watched the film with an open mind, but disregarded those claims, even laughing when he brought up the film.
“My opinion is that the election was not stolen by fraud, and I haven’t seen anything since the election that changes my mind about that, including the movie ‘2000 Mules’,” the official said. former attorney general during his testimony.
Barr called the film’s data analysis “singularly unimpressive”.
“The premise, if you go through five squares or whatever, that it’s a mule is simply untenable. Photographic evidence was lacking. It didn’t establish a widespread harvest,” Barr said.
“If you take two million cell phones and determine where they are physically in a major city like Atlanta or wherever, by definition, you’re going to find that several hundred of them have passed and spent time near these boxes. . The premise that this is a ‘mule’ is simply indefensible,” Barr added.
“2000 slippers” has been completely debunkedwith experts casting doubt on several claims.
Barr added that while this were to prove claims of ballot harvesting, there is no evidence that it would have changed the election results.
“People don’t understand that even if you show the harvest, it doesn’t change the results of the election. The courts are not going to throw out votes and then determine what votes were taken,” Barr said.
During his testimony, Barr said he told former President Trump that his voter fraud allegations were false, but Trump was not interested in hearing that.
“I was thinking, boy, if he really believes in this stuff, he’s lost touch with — he’s become detached from reality,” Barr said.
Last week, during an interview on C-SPAN, Senator Lee went in the opposite direction of Barr’s, suggesting that the film’s premise had some merit.
“This film raises important questions about what might have happened in this election. I think those are questions that need to be answered,” Lee said.
Leaked text messages from Senator Lee to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows after the 2020 election suggest Lee was part of an effort to keep Trump in the White House despite his defeat in the 2020 election.
Lee’s office did not respond to a request for comment.
Lee isn’t the only Utah politician to endorse the film’s claims. Congressional candidates Andrew Badger and Chris Herrod attended screenings of the film, and Badger hosted a screening as a fundraiser. Representative Phil Lyman also hosted screenings of the film.
Badger, Herrod and Lyman did not respond to a request for comment.