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Trump Misleads on IG Report

President Donald Trump said he thinks former FBI Director James Comey committed “very criminal acts.” But the facts don’t support the president’s opinion. Trump also claimed the inspector general’s report “totally exonerates” him, but the report didn’t evaluate the Russia investigation.

Bogus Claim About Made-up Muslim Waitress

Q: Did a Muslim waitress refuse to seat 27 Christians?

A: No. That claim is completely made up. The restaurant where it supposedly happened doesn’t even exist.

Claim That Sessions Resigned Is Baloney

Q: Has Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned?

A: No. That claim came from a made-up story originally posted on a self-described satirical site.

Weak Link in NFL Protest Story

Q: Has George Soros been paying NFL players to protest?

A: No. A story making that claim offers no evidence to support it.

FactChecking Trump’s Energy Boasts

At a meeting on hurricane preparedness, President Donald Trump took credit for U.S. energy production milestones that have been expected for years, and misstated the facts in the process.

No ‘Treason’ or ‘Bust’ for Obama

Q: Have the “feds bust[ed] Barack Obama” on felony charges?

A: No. That claim is based on the false assertion that the former president committed treason in his last few months in office.

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Trump Misleads on Opioid Epidemic Fight

President Donald Trump implied that his administration’s funding to fight the opioid epidemic had caused the “numbers” to come “way down.” But the most recent data we have on opioid-related deaths — which are still rising — and prescriptions for opioids — which have been declining in recent years — predate the funding the president touted.

Was Mueller’s Appointment ‘Unconstitutional’?

In his latest attack on the Russia investigation, President Donald Trump tweeted, “The appointment of the Special Counsel is totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL!” This amounts to Trump’s opinion, and is a matter of debate among constitutional scholars.

Bezos Didn’t Endorse Michelle Obama for 2020

Q: Is Jeff Bezos running full-page “Michelle Obama for President” ads on Amazon?

A: No. Amazon vendors sell items expressing support for numerous possible 2020 presidential candidates, including Obama.