WATCH: Hearing room erupts in applause after Democrat claims Trump gets ‘five pinocchios on a daily basis’


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Rep. Jackie Speier ripped into President Trump during public House impeachment hearings, saying he lies on a daily basis.

“The president of the United States has five Pinocchios on a daily basis. So let’s not go there,” the California Democrat said Wednesday when a colleague challenged an article she had cited, saying it had “three Pinocchios.”

The “Pinocchio Test” is used by the Washington Post to rate the truthfulness of claims. The more Pinocchios means the bigger the lie. Claims with four Pinocchios are considered “Whoppers.” The applause occurred during the testimony of Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union.

Audience members at congressional hearings are supposed to keep silent during testimony, but House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff did not gavel or ask for order after the audience applauded.

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