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On May 31, Michael Sussmann, a lawyer who worked for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, was found not guilty of lying to the FBI in 2016. The charge stemmed from an investigation by special counsel John Durham, who was appointed during the Trump administration to investigate the FBI’s probe of the former president’s ties to Russia.
But another narrative is unfolding online.
"U.S. military arrests Michael Sussmann," read text in a video posted on Facebook on June 8. It said that Sussmann had been arrested by JAG on charges of treason.
This 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.)
Spokespeople for Sussmann’s legal team and the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps told Reuters that the statements in the blog post are "false."
Such an arrest, especially considering the widespread coverage of Durham’s investigation and Sussmann’s acquittal, would be big news, but we found no such reports.
We rate claims Sussmann was arrested by the military Pants on Fire.
Facebook post, June 8, 2022
Blog post, June 6, 2022
The New York Times, Michael Sussmann Is Acquitted in Case Brought by Trump-Era Prosecutor, May 31, 2022
Politico, Pressure builds for Durham to ditch Russia probe, June 3, 2022
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