McSally says Senate taking 'serious look' at Trump call unlike 'partisan' House

Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyPoll: Overwhelming majority say news media making US more politically divided Bill Kristol on McSally calling CNN reporter a liberal hack: 'I guess I'm liberal' McSally dismisses calls to apologize to CNN's Raju for 'liberal hack' comment: 'Called it like it is' MORE (R-Ariz.) said House Democrats' impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpNational Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo Dems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Democratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' MORE was a "serious matter" but decried the "partisan bickering," while adding the Senate Intelligence Committee would take the matter more seriously.


“Every senator voted for the Senate Intelligence Committee to look into the matter in a bipartisan way,” she told 12 News KPNX.

“I think what we've seen out of [Speaker Nancy] Pelosi [D-Calif.] and [Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam] Schiff [D-Calif.] and others in the House is quite partisan, and I think people want us to take a serious look at this and not have it be just partisan bickering going on,” she added. “People are tired of that, as am I.”

McSally demurred on whether she believed it was appropriate for Trump to attempt to enlist help from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in the form of a potential investigation of former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSanders to headline Iowa event amid impeachment trial Hillicon Valley: Biden calls for revoking tech legal shield | DHS chief 'fully expects' Russia to try to interfere in 2020 | Smaller companies testify against Big Tech 'monopoly power' Hill.TV's Krystal Ball on Sanders-Warren feud: 'Don't play to the pundits, play to voters' MORE and his son Hunter Biden.

"Again, what I'm concerned about is how there were decisions made about moving forward and using the 'I' word which is very serious business for our country," she said. "If this thing actually gets voted on, which I would encourage the House to even vote to start the inquiry like they've done in the past, I think they're trying to protect some people from votes.”

If the matter reaches the trial stage in the Senate, McSally said, “My job is to be thoughtful, to look at the facts and to show good judgment and in the meantime do a good job for the people representing people for the things that are impacting their families every single day."

McSally, who was appointed to finish the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMartha McSally fundraises off 'liberal hack' remark to CNN reporter Meghan McCain blasts NY Times: 'Everyone already knows how much you despise' conservative women GOP senator calls CNN reporter a 'liberal hack' when asked about Parnas materials MORE’s (R) term, faces election for a full term in 2020.