Fact Check: Did the Military Arrest the White House Deputy Chief of Staff?
A widely shared article from Real Raw News, which describes itself as trying “to bring light to topics often ignored by others,” claims that the military arrested President Joe Biden’s campaign manager and White House deputy chief of staff, Jennifer O’Malley Dillon.
The article also claims that: “The charge on a military arrest warrant was suspicion of treason, which, if proven, can carry a death sentence.”
White House spokesman Andrew Bates told The Dispatch Fact Check via email that this claim is false.
The article reports that “White Hats took interest in O’Malley Dillon after viewing conservative author Dinesh D’Souza’s 2000 Mules documentary,” alleging that she was part of the supposed ballot harvest conspiracy theory that is the subject of the film.
D’Souza’s 2000 Mules claims to have cell phone geolocation data and video surveillance of mail-in ballot drop boxes to prove that Biden lost the 2020 election. The film, however, as we noted in an earlier fact check, is riddled with errors and based on a flawed premise.
The article also describes the movie incorrectly, falsely claiming that 2000 Mules has “surveillance video of seedy individuals making repeated trips to drop boxes.” As we noted in our fact check, this is a false claim. The movie doesn’t have footage of any supposed “mules,” or ballot harvesters, making multiple trips to ballot drop boxes.
Furthermore, Real Raw News has a history of promoting false and conspiratorial content, with reports of arrests of public figures by military “white hats” in particular being a recurring theme. We have previously fact checked the false claims that David Axelrod, former senior adviser to Barack Obama and political commentator for CNN, was arrested, and the claim that Navy SEALs arrested Hillary Clinton.
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