Diamond And Silk Appear To Lie Under Oath About Trump Payments

Donald J. Trump Rally In Fort Lauderdale

Donald J. Trump Rally In Fort Lauderdale

The pair Thursday morning testified to Congress about what they claim is censorship by Facebook of conservative voices.

North Carolina natives, Diamond and Silk rose to prominence through their Facebook page, where they offered pro-Trump commentary during the 2016 campaign. The women also claimed they were blocked from Facebook and stood by this despite being unable to prove anything of the sort.

However, lawmakers and experts in the hearing said declining viewership numbers were likely the result of a Facebook algorithm change across the platform that de-prioritized content that doesn't come from a user's friends and family.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), similarly pointing out an alternative fact or two, entered the FEC documents into the record and pressed the pair on their remarks, asking if they'd really be willing to dispute a filing made by "the President that you so love".

However, a quick search of the Federal Elections Commission's data base of Trump campaign expenditures shows that this is absolutely not true, as the Trump campaign paid Diamond and Silk exactly $1,274.94 for "field consulting" work.

"We are familiar with that particular lie, we can see that you do look at fake news", said Richardson.

Diamond and Silk raised speculation that they may have lied under oath before a House panel when they insisted that President Trump's campaign had never paid them.

"We've never been paid by the Trump campaign", Diamond repeated.

At one point, Jeffries reminded the sisters that they were under oath under penalty of perjury.

"I hope you've monetized this", he said, referring to their online videos.

Jeffries concluded his short feud with the self-proclaimed "most outspoken and loyal" Trump supporters by saying, "I respect your game".

In an intense exchange with Democrat Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, the sisters, whose real names are Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, adamantly claimed they were never paid by the Trump campaign. They began their rise to fame in December 2015, when then-candidate Trump invited them onto the stage at a rally.

Ted Lieu on the social media hearing featuring Diamond and Silk: "This is a stupid and ridiculous hearing".

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