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Photo does not show Michigan congresswoman celebrating Trump’s impeachment

December 19, 2019 GMT

CLAIM: Photo shows Rep. Rashida Tlaib celebrating President Donald Trump’s impeachment.

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The photo of the Michigan congresswoman was taken in November 2018, well before the House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to impeach the president. 

THE FACTS: A post circulating on Facebook following the impeachment vote paired a cropped photo of a joyous Tlaib with the comment: “It was a somber time for the Democrats as they voted to impeach the President. (This is how much they h@te you).” 

The photo, which shows Tlaib in a blue dress laughing and holding a small piece of paper, was taken Nov. 30, 2018, by photographer Win McNamee for Getty Images. According to caption information, it shows Tlaib celebrating after drawing the number 8 during orientation after she was elected to Congress. The numbers established the order for selecting available congressional office space

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On Wednesday night, the House voted to impeach Trump, making him only the third American chief executive to be branded with the Constitution’s gravest political indictment. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was hesitant about initiating impeachment proceedings, but ultimately said while the House could not ignore Trump’s actions, neither would they celebrate the process. 

“Today, as speaker of the House, I solemnly and sadly open the debate on the impeachment of the president of the United States,” Pelosi said as the debate opened on the articles. Throughout the day, Pelosi kept that tone. On Wednesday night, she glared at one member who began to cheer after the vote to impeach.

Tlaib was criticized after stating on her first day in office, “We’re going to impeach the m**********r.”

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This is part of The Associated Press’ ongoing effort to fact-check misinformation that is shared widely online, including work with Facebook to identify and reduce the circulation of false stories on the platform.

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