Fact Check

No, The First Round of Dem Indictments from Barr Investigation Is Not Coming 'Tomorrow'

A routine review of content labeled satire.

Published Nov 11, 2019

US Attorney General William Barr speaks at the Securities and Exchange Commission's Criminal Coordination Conference in Washington, DC, on October 3, 2019. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images) (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)
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Claim:
A first round of Democrat indictments from the Barr investigation is coming tomorrow.

On June 7, 2019, the website Taters Gonna Tate published an article positing that a round of criminal indictments was about to be issued against prominent Democrats by U.S. Attorney General William Barr:

First Round of Democrat Indictments From Barr Investigation Coming Tomorrow

When President Trump directed Attorney General Gay Barr to start an investigation into the corruption of the Obama administration, the world held its collective breath. What would be revealed? Who would go to prison? How high will it show the corruption went? Will Obama himself go down? The vengeful anticipation was enormous.

Well at least some answers have begun to flow in. A source in the Justice Department has revealed that 29 sealed indictments will be delivered tomorrow to over a dozen high ranking members of both the Obama White House and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign team.

This item was not a factual recounting of real-life events. The article originated with a website that describes its output as being humorous or satirical in nature, as follows:

Everything on this website is fiction. It is not a lie and it is not fake news because it is not real. If you believe that it is real, you should have your head examined. Any similarities between this site’s pure fantasy and actual people, places, and events are purely coincidental and all images should be considered altered and satirical.

Interest in the false claim was rekindled five months later in November 2019 when the article was reprinted verbatim (though without satire disclaimers) on a website called The LA Post.

For background, here is why we sometimes write about satire/humor.

Sources

Taters Gonna Tate.   "First Round of Democrat Indictments from Barr Investigation Coming Tomorrow."     7 June 2019.

The LA Post.   "First Round of Democrat Indictments from Barr Investigation Coming Tomorrow."    2 November 2019.

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