FACT CHECK: Did The Military Arrest Former FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn?
A post shared on Facebook claims Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn was arrested by the U.S. military for treason.
There is no evidence for this claim. The claim originated from a website that self-identifies as satirical.
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A Facebook post purports Hahn was arrested by the U.S. Navy. The post features an image of Hahn in the foreground, with former President Donald Trump out of focus in the background.
“Military Arrests Former FDA Commisioner Stephen Hahn,” the post reads in part. “U.S. Navy JAG investigators on Thursday arrested former Food & Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn for having committed treasonous acts against the nation and its people while he served under President Donald J. Trump throughout the Coronavirus Plandemic, JAG sources told Real Raw News.”
This claim is fabricated, however. There are no credible news reports to suggest that Hahn has been arrested.
A keyword search reveals that the claim stems from a Dec. 30 article by a website known as Real Raw News. The post uses the same featured photo as the article on Real Raw News as well. The site identifies itself as one that publishes “humor, parody, and satire” on its “About Us” page. Check Your Fact has debunked several other claims originating from Real Raw News. (RELATED: Did The FDA Approve A Pfizer Monkeypox Vaccine?)
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This is not the first time misinformation surrounding predominant figures has spread online. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim Nancy Pelosi was hanged at Guantanamo Bay.