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Sessions Not ‘Caught Colluding’ With Obama

Q: Was Attorney General Jeff Sessions “caught colluding” with Barack Obama on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election?

A: No. That’s the headline on a story critical of Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia probe. But there is no evidence of such collusion.

What Michelle Obama Actually Said

Q: Did Michelle Obama call women who voted for President Donald Trump “stupid”?

A: No. But the former first lady did say she was concerned about the role women played in electing Trump.

Eastwood Not Leaving Estate to Trump Campaign

Q: Did Clint Eastwood announce he’s leaving his estate to President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign?

A: No. That story originated on a self-described satirical website.

No Release of ‘Private’ Trump Tapes

Q: Have former White House staffers released a “private tape recording” of President Donald Trump?

A: No. That claim comes from a false headline on an old story.

Michelle Wolf Not Booted From Hulu

Q: Did Hulu cancel a Michelle Wolf comedy special because of the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner?

A: No. That claim originated on a self-described satire website. There’s no evidence Wolf was scheduled to do a special for Hulu.

False Headline in Philly Starbucks Settlement

Q: Did the two black men arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks “settle for $2 million” from the city?

A: No. The city agreed to pay the men $1 each and establish a $200,000 grant program for young entrepreneurs. The men also received an undisclosed amount from Starbucks.

Michelle Wolf Not Fired From Comedy Central

Q: Did Comedy Central fire Michelle Wolf because of jokes she made at the White House Correspondents’ dinner?

A: No. That claim was made up by a self-described satirical website. She left “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central in December.

False Story Ties Sex Cult to Clintons

Q: Did actress Allison Mack confess to selling children to the Clintons and Rothschilds?

A: No. Mack has pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking charges. She has not “confessed” to selling children to anyone. 

Obama’s Private ‘Military’ Doesn’t Exist

Q: Did former President Barack Obama create a “security company” that’s a secret “military” organization?

A: There are no records of Obama starting a “security company” in the city and states cited by a viral claim.