FACT CHECK: Was Ron Klain Arrested?
A post shared on Facebook purports President Joe Biden’s White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain was arrested by the U.S. Special Forces for crimes regarding the 2020 presidential election.
The claim stems from a satirical website. There is no evidence suggesting Klain’s announced departure is related to any criminal investigations.
Klain will reportedly step down from his role as White House Chief of Staff following the State of the Union Feb. 7, according to USA Today. Biden’s former COVID-19 Response Coordinator, Jeff Zients, is expected to replace Klain, CNN reported.
The Facebook post purports Klain was allegedly arrested by the U.S. Special Forces for his supposed role in helping to steal the 2020 presidential election as he allegedly attempted to flee the country. The post further claims Klain came up with the idea to rig voting machines and hire “mules” to perform ballot dumps.
The claim is false. There are no credible news reports suggesting Klain was recently arrested or that he had a role in supposedly stealing the 2020 presidential election. Likewise, the claim does not appear on the White House’s website or verified social media accounts. In addition, Klain has not publicly commented on the purported claim using his personal or government Twitter accounts.
A keyword search reveals the claim stems from a Jan. 22 article published on the website, “Real Raw News.” A disclaimer included on the site’s “About Us” page indicates it contains “humor, parody, and satire.” (RELATED: Did A Captured CIA Agent Claim Lloyd Austin Put A Bounty On General Berger?)
Check Your Fact has contacted the White House for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received.
This is not the first time a satirical claim has circulated online. Check Your Fact previously debunked a social media post purporting the U.S. Military arrested Zients for treason and murder.