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 SpeierProtests force military reckoning on race Air Force documents acknowledged 'persistent' racial bias in justice system HHS watchdog says actions should be free from political interference MORE (D-Calif.) said that President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' Trump confirms 2018 US cyberattack on Russian troll farm Trump tweets his support for Goya Foods amid boycott 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 SchiffDemocrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' Trump commutes Roger Stone's sentence Supreme Court rulings reignite Trump oversight wars in Congress MORE (D-Calif.) had received “three Pinocchios” from The Post as the panel questioned U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon SondlandGordon SondlandGOP chairman vows to protect whistleblowers following Vindman retirement over 'bullying' Top Democrat slams Trump's new EU envoy: Not 'a political donor's part-time job' Trump names new EU envoy, filling post left vacant by impeachment witness Sondland 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.