Fact Check

Were Warrants Issued For Kathy Griffin, De Niro, and Streisand for Threatening Trump?

A routine review of content labeled satire.

Published Oct 25, 2019

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 06:  Comedian Kathy Griffin attends 2019 Best In Drag Benefiting Aid for AIDS at Orpheum Theatre on October 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images) (Getty Images)
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Claim:
Federal arrest warrants were issued for U.S. entertainers Kathy Griffin, Robert De Niro, and Barbara Streisand for making threats against President Donald Trump.

On Oct. 24, 2019, Taters Gonna Tate published an article positing that Attorney General William Barr had issued federal warrants for U.S. entertainers Kathy Griffin, Tom Arnold, Robert DeNiro, and Barbara Streisand for making threats against President Donald Trump:

Federal Warrants Issued For Kathy Griffin, DeNiro, & Streisand For Threats On President

Hollywood celebrities think they can break the law with impunity. They have used their positions for decades to openly commit crimes, knowing that the law would never pursue them...

... AG Barr has ordered the issue of federal warrants for Kathy Griffen, Tom Arnold, Robert DeNiro, and Barbara Streisand for ‘Threats against the President’.

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:

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Sources

Tatersgonnatate.com.   "Federal Warrants Issued For Kathy Griffin, DeNiro, & Streisand For Threats On President."     24 October 2019.