'Let's not go there': Impeachment hearing erupts in applause as Rep. Jackie Speier hits back at GOP congressman over Trump's lies
During Wednesday’s impeachment hearing, one of the things Rep. Jackie Speier of California discussed was the legal protections enjoyed by whistleblowers. Speier referenced a Washington Post article dealing with the laws governing the disclosures of whistleblowers. In that article, the Post gave House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff's (D-CA) claim that whistleblowers have a "statutory right" to anonymity "between two and three Pinocchios."
When GOP Rep. Mike Conaway of Texas interrupted Speier to relay the Post's Pinocchio test on that particular claim, the Democratic representative swiftly shut him dow.
“Well, the president of the United States has five Pinocchios on a daily basis,” Speier told Conaway. “So, let’s not go there.”
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The impeachment inquiry against Trump came about because of an intelligence whistleblower’s complaint that during a July 25 phone conversation, Trump tried to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky into investigating former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. And during the impeachment hearings, Rep. Devin Nunes and Rep. Jim Jordan — both relentless Trump defenders in the GOP— have asserted that it is unfair for Republicans to not know who the whistleblower is. But House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff has adamantly maintained that the whistleblower’s identify must be protected.