FACT CHECK: Video Makes False Claims That Several Political Figures Have Been Arrested

Anna Mock | Fact Check Reporter

A video shared on Facebook purports multiple political figures, world leaders and journalists have been arrested and charged with various crimes.  

Verdict: False

There is no evidence for this claim. Check Your Fact found that several of the public figures listed are active on social media and have appeared in public.

Fact Check: 

Ex-U.S. lawmaker, David Rivera, was arrested Monday for failing to register as a foreign agent after lobbying on behalf of the Venezuelan government, according to Reuters. At the same time, Twitter fired Deputy General Counsel James Baker after CEO Elon Musk claimed he suppressed information regarding the “Twitter Files,” Fox Business reported.

The Facebook video claims the public figures such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Hillary Clinton, Mitch McConnell and Michelle Obama among others have been arrested under charges such as treason and seditious conspiracy. The post garnered over 4,700 reactions on Facebook.

These claims are baseless, however. There are no credible news reports confirming the claims. (Was Secretary Of Education Miguel Cardona Arrested By The U.S. Military?)

Ocasio-Cortez has been active on her verified social media accounts. Ocasio-Cortez was arrested in July 2022 after sitting in the street as an act of civil disobedience during pro-choice protests, The Guardian reports. However, the article does not report that she was charged with “treason, misprision of treason, rebellion or insurrection, seditious conspiracy or advocating overthrow of government,” contrary to the video’s claims. 

Clinton spoke live at the 2022 Hillary Rodham Clinton Awards on Monday, as seen in a Facebook video posted by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security.

Ticketmaster shows several scheduled events for Michelle Obama’s tour for her new book, The Light We Carry. She authored a tweet on Sunday about the tour.

McConnell is still active on Facebook as of yesterday. None of the Department of Justice’s press releases indicate any politicians in the video have been arrested or charged with any crime.

Check Your Fact has reached out to the Department of Defense for a comment and will update this article accordingly if one is received. 

This is not the first time a false claim has circulated online. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim Arizona’s voting equipment is not certified.

Anna Mock

Fact Check Reporter

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