- Arizona Attorney General’s Office Asks FBI to Investigate Group Behind ‘2000 Mules’ Election Conspiracy Theory Film
- The film was promoted by former President Donald Trump as evidence of fraud in the 2020 election.
- Former AG Bill Barr mocked the film during a January 6 committee hearing in June.
The Arizona Attorney General’s Office wants the FBI and IRS to investigate the group behind conservative activist Dinesh D’souza’s election conspiracy theory film “2000 Mules.”
The film, which was released in May, makes false claims that hundreds of Americans across the country conspired to stuff the ballot boxes for President Joe Biden, allegedly based on phone data. But Truth the Vote, the group behind the film, has repeatedly refused to turn over any of its supposed evidence to law enforcement, the attorney general’s office said in a letter according to the Republic of ‘Arizona.
Reginald “Reggie” Grigsby, Chief Special Agent for the Arizona AG Bureau’s Special Investigations Section, wrote that the group had raised “significant sums of money” from the film’s claims and said that “being given TTV’s status as a not-for-profit organization, it would seem that further scrutiny of its finances may be warranted,” The Republic reported.
According to Politico, Grigsby wrote in the letter that Truth the Vote executives Catherin Englebrecht and Gregg Phillips met with state investigators three times in 2021 and promised to provide data that would prove a fraud occurred. occurred in the 2020 election, a promise they never followed through. through. After the group promised to turn over the data, it began publicly claiming that it had donated a hard drive to the state, Grigsby wrote.
“Not only is this blatantly untrue, TTV has acknowledged in correspondence and in a meeting with them that they did not give us the information, but they will,” he wrote.
The attorney general’s office and Truth the Vote did not immediately return Insider’s requests for comment on Sunday.
Many Republican politicians and political candidates in Arizona have touted the film’s debunked voter fraud allegations. According to The Republic, Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake called the film’s producer Dinesh D’Souza a “patriot” in a Newsmax interview in May.
“There’s no way they can ignore what’s in this movie,” Lake said in the interview, according to The Republic.
Former President Donald Trump also pointed to the film as proof that the 2020 election was stolen and hosted screenings of the film at his Mar-a-Lago home.
Former AG Bill Barr mocked the film and laughed at its findings during a January 6 committee hearing in June, calling the film’s claim that cellphone data proved “indefensible” that the election had been stolen.
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“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.