Fact Check

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 Nov. 24, 2019

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

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):

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