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Exchange between Diamond & Silk and Sheila Jackson Lee gets heated over who’s ‘lying’

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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.

The outspoken Trump-supporting social media personalities, whose real names are Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday on filtering practices on social media – most notably, Facebook, which the duo has accused of censoring their page content because of their political views.

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Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee questioned the women about ever being paid by the campaign as Hardaway repeatedly said no. The Texas Democrat asked again if the figure, “$1,274.94,” had any significance, to which the the answer again was, “we have never been paid by the Trump campaign.”

But Federal Election Commission records indicated that according to a November 2016 receipt, the Trump campaign did pay them $ 1,274.94 for “field consulting.”

The North Carolina-based siblings faced the same line of questioning by Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries who asked if they were sure they wanted to dispute a filing made by “the president that you so love,”

“Are you aware that your testimony today is under oath, subject to art penalty of perjury?” the New York lawmaker asked.

“We are familiar with that particular lie, we can see that you do look at fake news,” Richardson said, noting that the funds were a reimbursement for airline tickets.

“We’ve never been paid by the Trump campaign,” Hardaway concurred.

“I’m just trying to figure out who is lying here,” Jeffries said.

“Nobody is lying, however, there may have been a mistake from the Trump campaign when they wrote what the $1,274,94 was for,” Richardson explained, according to The Washington Times.

The payment, she explained, was a reimbursement for plane tickets from New York to Ohio when they were asked in 2016 to be part of the “Women for Trump” group.  The sisters flew in to have a discussion about the opportunity, Richardson noted as she presented an email from Trump’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, promising to reimburse them for the trip.

But the grilling escalated when Rep Jeffries chastised the women for monetizing their platform.

A full PDF of Diamond and Silk testimony can be read here.

Frieda Powers

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