Sharockman

Aaron Sharockman is the executive director of PolitiFact. Aaron oversees PolitiFact’s operations, development and revenue, assists in our journalistic mission, manages our state partnerships and lead efforts to develop new products for PolitiFact users. He also helps coordinate some of our special products, including our debate coverage and presidential promise tracker. Aaron has been with PolitiFact since 2010 and served most recently as the editor of PunditFact, a website dedicated to checking claims by pundits, columnists, bloggers and the hosts and guests of talk shows. Aaron is a 2016-17 Reynolds Fellow at the University of Missouri and co-teaches a class on political fact-checking at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Aaron graduated from Indiana University. 

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PolitiFact Live for May 25: Orb edition

Our weekly look at fact-checks of Donald Trump and fake news.

PolitiFact Live! for May 18

PolitiFact staffers discuss the truth behind the week in news. The show airs live at 11:30 a.m. ET Thursday on Facebook.

Obstruction of justice, presidential immunity, impeachment: What you need to know

We wanted to examine three key questions surrounding Trump’s legal situation. First, does the information revealed so far offer a plausible case that Trump committed obstruction of justice? Second, can a sitting president even be criminally prosecuted? And third, what does all this mean for possible impeachment proceedings?

The shifting explanations of Trump’s Russia disclosures

The White House scrambled to calibrate a response to Monday’s bombshell report claiming President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information to a Russian delegation in the Oval Office.

Reports say Trump shared highly classified intel with Russian diplomats: What we know so far

Several major news outlets reported Monday that President Donald Trump shared highly classified information with Russian diplomats in a meeting last week. Here’s what we know about the situation so far, as well as some background to put the current situation in context.

What Donald Trump said about the spread of classified material during the campaign

President Donald Trump defends sharing top secret information during his meeting with top Russian officials. But when he ran for president, Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server for State Department business was a frequent target.

Fact-checking Donald Trump’s NBC interview, claims about firing FBI Director James Comey

President Donald Trump downplayed the significance of the FBI’s Russia investigation and the timing of his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey in an interview with NBC May 11. He also distorted the facts on both points.

PolitiFact Live for May 11

PolitiFact staffers discuss the truth behind the week in news. The show airs live at 11:30 a.m. ET Thursday on Facebook.

Fact-checking Donald Trump’s tweetstorm about a potential government shutdown

Facing the prospect of a possible government shutdown, President Donald Trump took to Twitter Thursday to attack Democrats who he says are to blame.

PolitiFact Live for April 27

PolitiFact editors discuss the truth behind the week in news.