‘2000 Mules’ Repackages Trump’s Election Lies
She thought the litigation with the IRS had been “a great fundraising vehicle” for Ms. Mitchell “and her associates. I wanted to win the case and move on and not be a cottage industry.
Ms Mitchell, in a text, said her legal team spent years doing “all the heavy lifting” but was fired after issuing a public statement, which was standard practice. “The problem is that Catherine hates anyone else dealing with journalists,” she said.
Shortly after the 2020 election, with its funding waning in recent years, True the Vote received a one-time donation of $2.5 million from Fred Eshelman, a Texas entrepreneur seeking evidence to nullify the election. But the effort failed and Mr Eshelman sued, claiming he had been scammed.
He lost a first round in a Texas court and is now appealing. The lawsuit alleges that Ms. Engelbrecht and Mr. Phillips were romantically involved and violated Texas conflict of interest law, since True the Vote directed a “substantial portion” of Mr. Eshelman’s funds to OpSec..
Asked about a personal relationship, Ms Engelbrecht said: “You know, Gregg and I actually talked about it and how we would answer that question. And the best answer I think either of us are going to give is, it’s totally unrelated and unimportant.
True the Vote’s eventual focus on ballot trafficking was inspired by an Arizona investigation into ballot collection in the 2020 primary that led to indictments.
But True the Vote’s efforts elicited little action from law enforcement. Last year, after True the Vote circulated its research in Georgia, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said transmitted cellular data, which tracked people within 100 feet, was insufficient to act.
“What has not been provided is any other type of evidence that links these cellphones to the harvesting of the ballots,” the office said. said in a letter. “For example, there are no witness statements or names of potential defendants to interview.” He added that while the group said it had “a source” that could validate these findings, “despite repeated requests, that source has not been provided.”