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Fake News: Robert Mueller Did NOT Tweet Back At Donald Trump Over 'Witch Hunt' Post

  • by: Alan Duke
  • (Mon, 18 Nov 2019 17:46:00 Z)
Did Robert Mueller tweet a reply to President Donald Trump's tweet that "not a single American citizen has been charged with anything related to Russian collusion"? No, that's not true: The former special counsel who investigated Trump's campaign and his administration has not used Twitter to counter any claims of the president. A viral tweet that purported to be from Mueller used a fake account that was since suspended by Twitter.

The false claim originated from fake Twitter account, but was shared in a post (archived here) published by the People of Bernie Sanders Facebook group on November 16, 2019 under the title "Whoopsie. Robert Mueller tweets back...". It opened:

Six Former Trump advisers, 26 Russian nationals, three Russian companies, one California man, and one London-based lawyer. Seven of these people (includin five of the six former Trump advisers) have pleaded guilty.
All of these charges stem from our investigation.

Screenshot of https://www.facebook.com/PeopleBernieSanders/photos/a.885442514910187/2503569449764144/?type=3&theater

This is what social media users saw:

The purported Mueller tweet was a reply to this real Trump tweet:

"Not a single American citizen has been charged with anything related to Russian Collusion, not one person." @TuckerCarlson It was all an illegal Witch Hunt!

After the fake tweet gained attention on social media, the account was suspended by Twitter.

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Robert Mueller has been famously reluctant to publicly comment on the results of his investigation. Even when called to testify before congress, he was tight lipped, sticking close to the words published already in his report.

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Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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