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Why #Fartgate Is Trending All Over Twitter

If you have been anywhere near Twitter today, you're almost guaranteed to have seen a whole lot of debate about farting, or one fart in particular, to be exact.

The hashtag #fartgate began trending globally on Tuesday with thousands of people debating over a short video shared of U.S. Democratic Representative Eric Swalwell.

In the video, Swalwell can be heard crossing live on the MSNBC show 'Hardball' as he discusses the impeachment proceedings against U.S. President Donald Trump.

But halfway through his sentence, a loud and very distinct noise can be heard cutting through the audio, and thus #fartgate was born... and Twitter had an absolute field day.

Just hours after the video was shared, hundreds of thousands had already joined the debate online over whether the sound was or was not in fact Swalwell letting out a fart live on air.

While many were absolutely convinced that it was Swalwell, others came to his defence saying it was impossible his microphone would have picked up that sound so distinctly.

Others argued it was actually the Hardball host Chris Matthews who let one rip or that it was the sound of a phone vibrating on a nearby table.

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Hardball, the TV show Swalwell was appearing on, issued its own explanation for the incident, insisting the sound was from a mug being scraped across the desk back in the studio.

"Sorry to disappoint the conspiracy theorists," Hardball said in a tweet.

In response to Hardball's tweet, Swalwell himself -- who has insisted it was not him -- tweeted "TOTAL EXONERATION".

And so the #fartgate debate continues.