Laughter erupts at hearing after Democrat fires back: Trump 'has 5 Pinocchios on a daily basis'

Laughter and applause broke out at an impeachment hearing on Wednesday after Rep. Jackie SpeierKaren (Jackie) Lorraine Jacqueline SpeierHouse Democrats eyeing much broader Phase 3 stimulus The Hill's Morning Report - Can Trump, Congress agree on coronavirus package? Biden rallygoers offered hand sanitizer amid coronavirus concerns MORE (D-Calif.) said that President TrumpDonald John TrumpHealth insurers Cigna, Humana waive out-of-pocket costs for coronavirus treatment Puerto Rico needs more federal help to combat COVID-19 Fauci says April 30 extension is 'a wise and prudent decision' MORE gets "five Pinocchios" daily, a reference to The Washington Post’s fact-checking metric. 

Her comment came after Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) pointed out that Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffCoronavirus pushes GOP's Biden-Burisma probe to back burner Texas man arrested for allegedly threatening Democrats over coronavirus bill Schiff: Remote voting would not compromise national security MORE (D-Calif.) had received “three Pinocchios” from The Post as the panel questioned U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon SondlandGordon SondlandWhite House withdraws nomination for Pentagon budget chief who questioned Ukraine aid hold Juan Williams: Will the GOP ever curb Trump? House wants documents on McEntee's security clearances MORE.  

During his questioning of Sondland, Conaway had entered into the record a Post article that faulted Schiff on his recent comment that whistleblowers have a statutory right to anonymity.

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Later, while Speier was discussing whistleblower protections and the Post article, Conaway cut in to say "the end of the article does go through that and also says it's three Pinocchios." 

"The president of the United States has five Pinocchios on a daily basis, so let's not go there," Speier retorted.

Her comment was met with laughter and applause.

The Post's fact-checker gave Schiff three out of a possible four Pinocchios after he said Tuesday that the "whistleblower has the right, a statutory right, to anonymity."

The story said that his claim is really "on the line between Two and Three Pinocchios."

Speier's remark also caught attention on Twitter. 

 

 

 

 

Aris Folley contributed.