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Supporters of President Donald Trump have cast aspersions on special counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Amid the allegations, we found a suspicious Mueller quote that plays to some conspiracy theories around the probe.
"We must move as quickly as possible to a one-world government; a one-world religion; under a one world leader," a post published on Facebook on Feb. 11 reads.
The text appears above a picture of Mueller speaking. It was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
We did find several sources attributing the quote to someone with a similar name: Robert Muller, a former assistant secretary-general for the United Nations. The sources include a 2013 Facebook post and books like "On the Way to the Future: Daniel’s Visions and the Believer’s Hope," published in 2014 from author Ray Stedman, a pastor from California writing about biblical prophecies.
PolitiFact couldn’t confirm that Muller actually said this either. The United Nations did not immediately respond to questions about the quote’s authenticity, and we did not find a credible citation.
What does seem clear is that a quote attributed to Robert Muller (one "e") has been co-opted by detractors of Robert Mueller (two "e"s). But as far as we can tell, the special counsel never said it.
We rate this claim Pants on Fire!
Facebook post, Feb. 11, 2019
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