Fact Check: Reports of Mike Pence Arrest NOT Confirmed -- Contradicted By Tweets

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  • by: Maarten Schenk
Fact Check: Reports of Mike Pence Arrest NOT Confirmed -- Contradicted By Tweets Still Tweeting

Was Vice President Mike Pence arrested during the chaos engulfing Capitol Hill on January 6, 2020? No, despite what social media posts are saying there is no evidence for this. Pence is still tweeting from his @VP account.

An example of the claim appeared in a post (archived here), published on January 6, 2021.

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Wed Jan 6 21:03:33 2021 UTC)

However Pence was still tweeting half an hour after the above post went up:

Pence retweeted the same message from his official @VP account.

The vice president's press secretary later tweeted that Pence never left the capitol grounds and would return to the Senate for an evening session:

Vice President @Mike_Pence has returned to the Senate. He never left the Capitol.@VP was in regular contact w/ House & Senate leadership, Cap Police, DOJ, & DoD to facilitate efforts to secure the Capitol & reconvene Congress.

And now we will finish the People's business.

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  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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