Is This Photo of Adam Schiff and Jeffrey Epstein Real?

Even congressional committee chairpersons don't have the power to take pictures with the dead.

  • Published 24 November 2019

Claim

A photograph shows Adam Schiff sitting on a couch next to Jeffrey Epstein.

Rating

Origin

In November 2019, as the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence chaired by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) was conducting an impeachment inquiry into the activities of President Donald Trump, a photograph was circulated on social media supposedly showing Schiff posing comfortably seated on a couch with the notorious (and late) financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein — with a sex toy in prominent visible on the table next to them:

This image was a digital manipulation, however, created by altering a picture of Schiff and his father taken the previous Thanksgiving by inserting a cropped (and reversed) head shot of Epstein (along with the sex toy):

Snopes.com
Since 1994
A Word to Our Loyal Readers

Support Snopes and make a difference for readers everywhere.

Editorial
  • David Mikkelson
  • Doreen Marchionni
  • David Emery
  • Bond Huberman
  • Jordan Liles
  • Alex Kasprak
  • Dan Evon
  • Dan MacGuill
  • Bethania Palma
  • Liz Donaldson
Operations
  • Vinny Green
  • Ryan Miller
  • Chris Reilly
  • Chad Ort
  • Elyssa Young

Most Snopes assignments begin when readers ask us, “Is this true?” Those tips launch our fact-checkers on sprints across a vast range of political, scientific, legal, historical, and visual information. We investigate as thoroughly and quickly as possible and relay what we learn. Then another question arrives, and the race starts again.

We do this work every day at no cost to you, but it is far from free to produce, and we cannot afford to slow down. To ensure Snopes endures — and grows to serve more readers — we need a different kind of tip: We need your financial support.

Support Snopes so we continue to pursue the facts — for you and anyone searching for answers.

Team Snopes