Fact Check: Military Did NOT Arrest Loretta Lynch

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk
Fact Check: Military Did NOT Arrest Loretta Lynch Pure Fiction

Did the military arrest Loretta Lynch? No, that's not true: The claim that the former U.S. attorney general was arrested by the Marines is a complete fabrication by a website known for its made-up stories. A spokesperson for the U.S. Marine Corps told Lead Stories the claim was "fake."

The story appeared as an article published by Real Raw News on March 24, 2022, titled "Military Arrests Loretta Lynch - Real Raw News" (archived here). It opened:

U.S. Marines under command of Col. Todd W. Ferry, Camp Lejeune's commanding officer, arrested former Attorney General Loretta Lynch at her home in Greensboro, North Carolina, a JAG source told Real Raw News. The Marines, our source said, spent two weeks surveilling Obama's minion, during which time they learned her daily routine, routes of travel, [...]

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Military Arrests Loretta Lynch - Real Raw News

U.S. Marines under command of Col. Todd W. Ferry, Camp Lejeune's commanding officer, arrested former Attorney General Loretta Lynch at her home in Greensboro, North Carolina, a JAG source told Real Raw News. The Marines, our source said, spent two weeks surveilling Obama's minion, during which time they learned her daily routine, routes of travel, [...]

Maj. Jim Stenger, Marine Corps spokesperson, told Lead Stories via email on March 25, 2022, that the story is "fake."

Marine Col. Todd W. Ferry is a real person whose biography is listed on the Marines official website, but he was not involved in purportedly arresting Lynch, who served as the U.S. attorney general from 2015 to 2017, as there was no such arrest. She currently is employed at a private law firm. Her office declined to comment to Lead Stories.

Real Raw News has a long history of publishing false claims in mock news stories, many of them about convictions and executions of various public figures at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. For example, the site reported former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was hanged (she wasn't); former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta was executed (he wasn't); and that "the military" convicted former Attorney General William Barr on charges of treason (it didn't).

The website for Real Raw News includes a disclaimer that warns readers not to take its content too seriously. Specifically, it says:

Information on this website is for informational and educational and entertainment purposes. This website contains humor, parody, and satire. We have included this disclaimer for our protection, on the advice on legal counsel.

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(Source: RealRawNews.com screenshot taken Tue Aug 3 16:39:48 UTC 2021)

Lead Stories has covered claims published by Real Raw News in the past. Previous Lead Stories debunks of Real Raw News items is collected here.

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  Alexis Tereszcuk

Alexis Tereszcuk is a writer and fact checker at Lead Stories and an award-winning journalist who spent over a decade breaking hard news and celebrity scoop with RadarOnline and Us Weekly.

As the Entertainment Editor, she investigated Hollywood stories and conducted interviews with A-list celebrities and reality stars.  

Alexis’ crime reporting earned her spots as a contributor on the Nancy Grace show, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight, among others.

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