John Kruzel is a staff writer at PolitiFact. He previously covered politics at ABC News, where he received an Emmy nomination for his work on 2016 presidential debates. He has written about politics, law and national security, and contributed to numerous outlets, including Slate and The New Yorker. He is a former attorney.

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Pants on Fire!

Previously debunked, still making the rounds

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Trump's words have been soft, but his policies tougher

Recent stories from John Kruzel

Did Donald Trump’s predecessors congratulate Vladimir Putin’s election win?

President Donald Trump has taken heat for congratulating Vladimir Putin following his successful bid in Russia’s presidential election, which critics have derided as a sham contest.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's tweetstorm about Mueller, Russia

Over St. Patrick’s Day weekend, President Donald Trump went on a tweetstorm criticizing the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Here’s a look at where Trump had a point and where his tweets were either misleading or wrong.

PolitiFact fact-checks Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, The Post

We look at the accuracy at some of the Oscar nominees for best picture. 

Democrats’ memo pushes back on GOP claims about Russia probe

The House Intelligence Committee's partisan divide deepened with the Feb. 24 release of a Democratic memo fending off Republican claims that the investigation into collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is politically tainted.

Fact-checking the movie The Post, Oscar nominee for best picture

The Post, Steven Spielberg’s paean to the First Amendment and the free press, tells the tale of the Washington Post’s diffident publisher and ambitious editor summoning the courage to publish a top-secret study in the face of unprecedented government censorship.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's 2018 speech at CPAC

The president repeated several falsehoods in a speech that covered a lot of ground at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Feb. 23, 2018.

School shooting survivor claims CNN asked him to read ‘scripted’ question

Newly released emails between CNN and a student survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting raise questions about the student’s claim that the network asked him to read a "scripted" question during a CNN town hall event.

How Russian trolls exploited Parkland mass shooting on social media

Russian-linked social media accounts exploited the tragedy at a Parkland, Fla., high school to sow discord and deepen divisions in America.

The Russia investigation and Donald Trump: a timeline from on-the-record sources

U.S. law enforcement agencies and Congress are investigating links between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia, as part of a broader probe into Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 election. 

Fight erupts over GOP intel memo’s accuracy

Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee released a memorandum accusing the Justice Department and FBI of abusing their authority in the early stages of an investigation into collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.