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 SpeierPoll: 69 percent of Americans say they are watching impeachment closely The Hill's Morning Report — Impeachment face-off; Dems go after Buttigieg in debate Democrats rally behind Pelosi on delay of articles MORE (D-Calif.) said that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Trump administration planning to crack down on 'birth tourism': report George Conway on Trump adding Dershowitz, Starr to legal team: 'Hard to see how either could help' 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 worry a speedy impeachment trial will shut out public Schiff huddles in Capitol with impeachment managers Trump defenders argue president can't be removed for abuse of power MORE (D-Calif.) had received “three Pinocchios” from The Post as the panel questioned U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon SondlandGordon SondlandParnas pressure grows on Senate GOP Five takeaways from Parnas's Maddow interview Giuliani pushes to join Trump impeachment defense team: report 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.