The claim: Video shows Ted Cruz exposing a deal between Nancy Pelosi and Hunter Biden
In July 2022, an online post appeared with claims about an alleged deal between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden.
The charge, a 15-minute Facebook videohe said he would show Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, publicly releasing documents about the alleged deal.
“Senator Ted Cruz REVEALS Shocking Documents EXPOSING Secret Settlement Documents from Nancy Pelosi and Hunter Biden (sic),” the video’s title and caption read.
The same claim and video also appear on a YouTube post starting June 19.
However, Cruz made no mention of Hunter Biden at all in the video, and has not made any public claims about a secret deal between Pelosi and Biden’s son.
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USA TODAY reached out to the Facebook page that posted the claim, Conal Anatolefor comments.
There is no evidence for the claims in the video.
The video does not expose any alleged collusion between Pelosi and Hunter Biden. as Lead Stories also reported. Instead, it combines two clips of Senator Cruz talking about unrelated topics.
The first eight and a half minutes of the Facebook video show a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting on June 10, 2021Cruz’s spokesman, Steve Guest, told USA TODAY. In the clip, Cruz talk long and hard about possible changes in the law of the first stepa criminal justice reform bill that passed on December 18, 2018 before Senator Dick Durbin, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, responds.
The rest of the clip comes from comments Cruz made on the Senate floor on March 1, 2022. He did not raise allegations of collusion with Biden’s son during his speech, the video, and a transcript from the Congressional Record to show.
Our rating: False
Based on our investigation, we rate as FALSE the claim that a video shows Cruz exposing a deal between Pelosi and Hunter Biden. Hunter Biden is not mentioned in the video, and the issues Cruz addresses are not related to any purported deal between him and Pelosi.
Our fact-checking sources:
Congress.gov, December 18, 2018, S.756 – 115th Congress (2017-2018): First Steps Act of 2018
Senate Judiciary Committee, June 10, 2021, executive business meeting
Steve Guest, June 10, 2021, cheep
Steve Guest, July 7, Email exchange with USA TODAY
Government Publishing Office, March 1, Congressional Record, Volume 168, Number 37 (Tuesday, March 1, 2022)
Senator Ted Cruz, December 7, 2018, Senator Cruz publishes statement on his support for a revised version of the First Step Law
Senator Ted Cruz, December 18, 2018, Senator Cruz applauds the approval in the Senate of the First Step Law
Lead Stories LLC, July 5, Fact Check: Video does NOT show Ted Cruz revealing documents exposing Nancy Pelosi, Hunter Biden
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fact Check: Video Falsely Claims It Shows Cruz Revealing Deal With Pelosi