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Fact check: Video shows Ted Cruz speaking at hearings, not Adam Schiff being questioned

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 3/27/2023 Hannah Hudnall, USA TODAY

The claim: Video shows Sen. John Kennedy accusing Rep. Adam Schiff of making a deal with Hunter Biden

A March 20 Facebook video shows several clips of Sen. Ted Cruz speaking at various congressional hearings.

"IMPEACHMENT MOMENT YOU HAD A DEAL WITH HUNTER!" reads the post's caption. "John Kennedy LEAVES Adam Schiff SPEECHLESS, With Surprising Document."

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The video includes on-screen text that claims the footage was filmed on Feb. 17.

The video garnered more than 1,000 shares in less than a week.

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Our rating: False

The video is miscaptioned. It shows Cruz speaking at three unrelated Senate committee hearings. Sen. John Kennedy and Rep. Adam Schiff are not visible or mentioned in the video.

Video unrelated to caption

Depsite the post's caption, the video doesn't show Kennedy, a Louisiana Republican, or Schiff, a California Democrat. No one in the video mentions the two lawmakers or Hunter Biden.

The first clip shows Cruz, a Texas Republican, speaking at a January Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing. During the hearing, Cruz questioned Victoria Nuland, the under secretary of state for political affairs, about countering Russian aggression.

The second clip features Cruz speaking at a Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation hearing on Feb. 15. In it, he is shown criticizing Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg for not reforming the Federal Aviation Administration. 

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The final clip shows Cruz questioning Anne Milgram, administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, about drug enforcement efforts in the U.S. during a Feb. 15 Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.

USA TODAY reached out to the user who shared the post for comment.

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