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WATCH: Bill Barr Testifies He “Played Whack-A-Mole” With Trump’s Election Lies

WATCH: Bill Barr Testifies He “Played Whack-A-Mole” With Trump’s Election Lies

Donald Trump’s Attorney General, Bill Barr, says that he told the then-president repeatedly why his election conspiracy theories had no evidentiary support. Speaking to the January 6th Committee, he describes Trump grasping at one straw after another — but the evidence was never a sufficient reason for Trump to stop spreading the lies to his supporters.

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Barr’s recorded testimony was produced as a part of the second public hearing of the January 6th Committee. In the shared clips, Barr describes feeling like he was “trying to play whack-a-mole,” as Trump would respond to every debunking with an alternate theory, and still bring back the same proven-false claims for later arguments, and to his supporters.

Barr describes the claims in question as “completely bogus and silly and usually based on complete misinformation,” and explains that he met with Trump to explain why they were unsupported.

Despite that, Donald Trump would make public statements pushing the same false claims that Barr and other advisors had already told him were false and unsupported.

Barr testified that Trump would grasp at reports given to him with unsupported claims, insisting they were absolute proof. He also addresses Dinesh D’Souza’s 2000 Mules, a movie marketed as a documentary, pointing out how flimsy and ridiculous the claims within that presentation are.

Aside from laying out how little value the central premise of the movie — cell phone data shows that some phones were near ballot boxes repeatedly — holds (since it shows nothing about why people were in the given area), Barr addressed the oft-overlooked fact that, even if the claims in the movie were true, they’d mean little for the election outcome, since a ballot may still be legal and valid even if returned illegally.

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