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Trump’s Power to Pardon

President Donald Trump tweeted that “all agree the U.S. President has the complete power to pardon.” It’s true that the president has the constitutional power to issue pardons, but there are some limits to that power.

No Arrests for Impeachment Attempt

Q: Were two U.S. senators charged with trying to impeach President Donald Trump under false pretenses?

A: No. That story originated on a prolific satire website.

Selling Insurance Across State Lines

President Donald Trump said that by allowing insurers to sell plans across state lines, “your premiums will be down 60 and 70 percent.” We couldn’t find any study supporting such a decrease, and experts we consulted disputed the idea that overall average premiums would decline significantly.

Trump’s Misplaced Baltimore Bias

Trump misleadingly suggested Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein may be biased against him because Rosenstein “is from Baltimore” and “there are very few Republicans in Baltimore.”

Obama Didn’t Attend G-20 in 2017

Q: Did former President Barack Obama follow President Donald Trump to the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany?

A: No. That claim was made on websites that don’t “make any warranties” about the reliability of their information.

Trump Spins Putin Dinner Conversation

In his latest attack on the media, President Donald Trump gave a misleading account of news reports regarding a previously undisclosed second conversation that he had had with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit.

Is Bacon Better for You Than Tilapia?

Q: Is bacon better for you than tilapia? Does tilapia cause cancer and/or Alzheimer’s disease?

A: No. These false claims, spread by multiple websites, are not supported by solid scientific evidence. 

Indiana Didn’t Legalize Marijuana

Q: Did Indiana legalize marijuana?

A: No. That fake story comes from a website that invites visitors to “Create A Prank And Trick All Your Friends!”

Video: Donald Trump Jr.’s Shifting Statements

In this fact-checking video, CNN’s Jake Tapper and FactCheck.org examine Donald Trump Jr.’s shifting statements about his June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower.

Trump’s Misleading Defense of Son

President Donald Trump emphasized that an attorney who met with his eldest son in 2016 was a “Russian lawyer” and “not a [Russian] government lawyer.” That may be true, but Donald Trump Jr. had agreed to sit down with a “Russian government attorney,” according to his emails.