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Republicans’ Shaky, No Evidence Attempt to Cast Blame on Pelosi for Jan. 6

Republicans’ Shaky, No Evidence Attempt to Cast Blame on Pelosi for Jan. 6

House Republicans have sought to change the narrative on the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by pro-Trump protesters, claiming that Speaker Nancy Pelosi is “ultimately responsible for the breakdown of security at the Capitol.” But their arguments overstate the role of the House speaker in overseeing the security of the Capitol and rely on speculation.

Capitol Police Expected to Testify During House Committee’s Probe of Jan. 6 Riot

Capitol Police Expected to Testify During House Committee’s Probe of Jan. 6 Riot

Members of the Capitol Police will be among the first to testify during the House select committee investigation into the Jan. 6 riot, according to Rep. Bennie Thompson, who will lead the panel. But social media posts have made the unfounded claim that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “won’t let Capitol Police testify about what happened Jan. 6.”

Fake Letter Attributed to Pelosi Generates Anger Online

Fake Letter Attributed to Pelosi Generates Anger Online

A digitally manipulated, phony letter referring to a “Democratic Play book” and attributed to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been circulating online, contributing to partisan rancor following the riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6.

Vice Presidential Vacancy Isn’t Automatically Filled by House Speaker

Vice Presidential Vacancy Isn’t Automatically Filled by House Speaker

A viral Facebook post wrongly suggests that if Joe Biden were to become president and later step down, Nancy Pelosi would become vice president. The Constitution says the vice president would become president and nominate a replacement; Congress must confirm or deny that pick.

Viral Video Manipulates Pelosi’s Words

Viral Video Manipulates Pelosi’s Words

A manipulated video clip of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi shared widely on Facebook makes it appear that she slurred her words during a May press conference. She didn’t. The video clip was slowed down and spliced together.

Trump’s Misleading Comments on Biden and the Coronavirus

Trump’s Misleading Comments on Biden and the Coronavirus

In July 14 remarks in the White House Rose Garden, President Donald Trump made a series of false, misleading and unsupported statements about the novel coronavirus and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s position on it.

COVID-19 Cases and Deaths, By the Numbers

COVID-19 Cases and Deaths, By the Numbers

Noting that the United States accounts for about one-quarter of global COVID-19 cases and deaths, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the U.S. has “the worst record of any country in the world.” While the U.S. has the most confirmed cases and deaths by a wide margin, it does not have the most in either category on a per-capita basis.

Gifting a Folded Flag Isn’t ‘Only For Fallen Veterans’

Gifting a Folded Flag Isn’t ‘Only For Fallen Veterans’

Headlines on social media misleadingly suggest that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi violated a military tradition when she gave a folded flag to the brother of George Floyd. A folded flag is not “Reserved Only For Fallen Veterans,” as one headline claims. Members of Congress routinely present flags that have flown over the U.S. Capitol as gifts.

Trump Adds New Falsehood to Pelosi/Chinatown Claims

Trump Adds New Falsehood to Pelosi/Chinatown Claims

President Donald Trump has upped the ante in his allegations about Nancy Pelosi and Chinatown, falsely charging that the House speaker urged foreign nationals to “bring your infection” to the San Francisco neighborhood. Pelosi never issued such an invitation.