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A pair of unrelated clips of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, are wrongly described as showing him leaking a document from Hunter Biden’s laptop that implicates House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
A recent Facebook post promises a bombshell from the laptop of President Joe Biden’s son that’s big enough to blow up the House speaker.
"Boom!" the Aug. 8 post says. "It’s over! Ted Cruz leaks new document obtained from Hunter’s laptop implicating Nancy Pelosi."
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The post features a 20-minute video with two clips of the junior Republican senator from Texas, but in neither does he discuss Hunter Biden, his laptop, and Pelosi, a Democrat from California.
The first shows Cruz at an Aug. 3 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing asking Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Polite why more people protesting outside of the homes of Supreme Court justices haven’t been prosecuted. In the second, Cruz is addressing attendees of the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas a couple of days later. There were no leaks as described in the Facebook post in his speech.
Looking more broadly for reports of what the post claims, we discovered none, though we did find a USA Today fact-check that looked at a similar claim of Cruz revealing a deal between Pelosi and Biden. In this case, unrelated videos of Cruz were also used.
We rate this post False.
Facebook post, Aug. 8, 2021
USA Today, Fact check: Video falsely claims to show Ted Cruz revealing deal between Nancy Pelosi, Hunter Biden, July 12, 2022
C-SPAN, Senators Rick Scott and Ted Cruz Address CPAC Conference, Aug. 5, 2022
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