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Sky's Kay Burley accused Liz Truss of "hesitation" when questioned if she attended any Downing Street parties.
But despite flying through the interrogation, the foreign secretary's reassurances on Sky News left some viewers unconvinced.
Liz Truss' interview with Kay Burley
It came after the minister blocked further questioning on Sue Gray's investigation by claiming it would "prejudice" the investigation.
The presenter asked: "Did you go to any parties? That's not speculation."
"I didn't," Truss responded.
To the questions "Any?" and "Were you ever invited?", she said: “No."
"You hesitated," Burley said, but Truss denied the pause and added: "Well no I wasn't."
The interview received a mixed reaction on social media, though many claimed "her pause and smirk" was a sign of deceit.
"That's a definite lie about being invited to one. The pause and micro smirk give it away," one Twitter user said.
"Wow. That few seconds speaks volumes," another added.
. @KayBurley: Did you go to any parties?
Liz Truss: "I didn't."
Were you ever invited?
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— Sky News (@SkyNews) January 26, 2022
One social media user said: "I noticed that as well. Our mouths may lie but our bodies leak information that we cannot control. Her pause and smirk said all I needed to hear and turned over."
"That pause suggests to me she's lying," another user said.
The news presenter was taken off air for three months by Sky News while the channel’s political editor, Beth Rigby, and correspondent Inzamam Rashid were also sanctioned.
"How dare you give anybody a grilling KB about breaking Covid rules," one Twitter user said.
"If the prime minister has to lose his job how come you've still got yours."
Another said: "Oh the hypocrisy. @KayBurley did [YOU] get invited to any parties and did you attend? Awkward."