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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke June 23, 2021

No, the military didn’t arrest Adam Schiff

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  • There is no official record saying Adam Schiff was arrested.

"Military arrests Adam Schiff did anyone actually like Adam Schiff," reads a headline published on June 1 on a website called Restored Republic.

A video below the headline criticizes Schiff, who led the prosecution in Donald Trump’s first impeachment trial over Ukraine. But it provides no evidence that he was arrested.

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The narrator in the video appears to read from a May 26 blog post about the military arresting Schiff on the site Real Raw News. We have previously debunked several similar baseless and fantastical stories on the site.

Since the headline and video were posted on Restored Republic on June 1, Schiff, a Democratic congressman from California, has tweeted about two dozen times. 

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His office has published four press releases

On June 15, an opinion piece he wrote about the Justice Department ran in the Washington Post.

On June 20 he appeared on Face the Nation, sitting across from host John Dickerson. 

We searched for news coverage about the congressman’s supposed arrest and found nothing to support the claim. In December 2020, USA Today fact-checked a similar allegation that Schiff and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had been arrested. That was wrong, and so is this. 

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Our Sources

Blog post, June 1, 2021

Adam Schiff Twitter account, visited June 23, 2021

CBS News, Congressman Adam Schiff on Face the Nation, June 20, 2021

The Washington Post, Opinion: Adam Schiff: The Justice Department must be depoliticized, June 15, 2021 

Congressman Adam Schiff, Press releases, visited June 23, 2021

USA Today, Fact check: Posts cites fake records site to claim Schiff, Pelosi were arrested, Dec. 29, 2020

PolitiFact, No, Hillary Clinton wasn’t hanged at Guantanamo Bay, April 28, 2021

Real Raw News, Military arrests Adam Schiff, May 26, 2021


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