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U.S. Attorney General William Barr did not really tweet about Iran using American tax dollars to buy uranium from Russia.
He doesn’t use a personal account, for one thing. And if you look at the Twitter account claiming to be him, you’ll notice one giveaway: there’s a third L in his first name.
A screenshot of the tweet was shared on Facebook, making it look as if Barr wrote the following:
"See if you can follow this. A US president gave IRAN USA taxpayer dollars so IRAN could purchase USA Uranium from Russia who just got 20% of our Uranium for FREE. So Iran used USA CASH to purchase USA URANIUM in order to destroy USA ASSETS all made possible by the US GOVERNMENT… This is beyond treason."
The post 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.)
The tweet was posted by a parody account that uses a misspelled handle of Barr’s name, "@AGWillliamBarr."
The parody tweet mixes together two stories.
We have previously fact-checked claims surrounding the 2015 agreement with Iran promoted by President Barack Obama. Called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the deal freed up frozen Iranian assets and lifted economic sanctions and included Iran and the United States as well as China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the European Union. In return, Iran opened up to international inspections and dismantled key pieces of its nuclear program. (In 2018, President Donald Trump pulled out of the deal). That’s the money the United States "gave" Iran (it wasn’t tax dollars).
The reference to Russia stems from an often misunderstood sale of a U.S. uranium company to a Russian business.
The two events are in no way linked.
We rate this misattributed tweet Pants on Fire!
Facebook post, Oct. 13, 2019
Twitter, William Barr parody account, Accessed Oct. 14, 2019
DOJ Twitter account, Accessed Oct. 14, 2019
Los Angeles Times, Trump pulls U.S. out of Iran nuclear deal and announces sweeping new economic sanctions, May 8, 2018
PolitiFact, Donald Trump miscasts the money and the terms in the Iran nuclear deal, Aug. 26, 2019
PolitiFact, Donald Trump says wrongly the Iran nuclear deal expires in 7 years, Ma7 2, 2018
Treasury.gov, Joint Plan of Action (JPOA) Archive and Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Archive, Accessed Oct. 14, 2019
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