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 SpeierPelosi faces tough choices on impeachment managers Speier to call on IG investigation into Navy chief's firing Nunes faces potential ethics review over alleged meeting with Ukrainian official MORE (D-Calif.) said that President TrumpDonald John TrumpLawmakers release defense bill with parental leave-for-Space-Force deal House Democrats expected to unveil articles of impeachment Tuesday Houston police chief excoriates McConnell, Cornyn and Cruz on gun violence 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 SchiffHouse Democrats expected to unveil articles of impeachment Tuesday Tempers flare at tense Judiciary hearing on impeachment Overnight Defense: Bombshell report reveals officials misled public over progress in Afghanistan | Amazon accuses Trump of 'improper pressure' in Pentagon contract decision | House Judiciary holds final impeachment hearing MORE (D-Calif.) had received “three Pinocchios” from The Post as the panel questioned U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon SondlandGordon SondlandGOP lawmaker criticizes Democratic counsel over facial expression: 'Be very careful' Live coverage: Democrats, Republicans seek to win PR battle in final House impeachment hearing Schiff: Impeachment testimony shows Trump 'doesn't give a shit' about what's good for the country 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.


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.