GOP senator calls CNN reporter a 'liberal hack' when asked about Parnas materials

Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallySenate Republicans offer constitutional amendment to block Supreme Court packing Biden and Schumer face battles with left if Democrats win big Push to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw MORE (R-Ariz.) did not respond when asked on Thursday about new claims that President TrumpDonald John TrumpNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter DC correspondent on the death of Michael Reinoehl: 'The folks I know in law enforcement are extremely angry about it' Late night hosts targeted Trump over Biden 97 percent of the time in September: study MORE was involved in a pressure campaign in Ukraine, instead dismissing the CNN reporter who asked the question as a “liberal hack.” 

CNN’s Manu Raju asked McSally if the Senate should consider the new material provided by Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiRatcliffe, Schiff battle over Biden emails, politicized intelligence Hunter Biden's laptop: A Russian trick, a hack-job — or just what it looks like? Juan Williams: Trump's search for dirt falls flat MORE associate Lev Parnas during Trump's impeachment trial. 

“Manu, you’re a liberal hack. I’m not talking to you,” the senator said, walking through the halls of the Senate. 


McSally appeared to stand by her remarks, tweeting a video of the interaction. 

Democrats have called the new materials provided by Parnas a significant new revelation. His documents and text messages corroborate details over the issues central to the heart of Trump’s impeachment, including an effort to pressure Ukraine to announce an investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter Trump narrows Biden's lead in Pennsylvania: poll Florida breaks first-day early voting record with 350K ballots cast MORE, a leading 2020 Democratic presidential candidate. 


But Republicans have been dismissive of the new information. The White House also dismissed the allegations, denying that Trump knows Parnas despite claims to the contrary.

Parnas was indicted for and pleaded not guilty to campaign law violations last year. He is reportedly looking for ways to work with the prosecutors in his case who are seeking more details on Giuliani’s dealings in Ukraine.

McSally’s comments come as the Senate decides whether to call witnesses as part of the impeachment trial set to begin next week. 

The Arizona Republican faces a tough reelection in November. The Cook Political Report rates the race a “toss up.” 

McSally’s Democratic challenger, Mark Kelly, raised nearly $6.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2019, outpacing McSally’s haul by more than $2 million. 


Kelly is also leading McSally by 4 points among Arizona voters, according to a poll from the left-leaning Public Policy Polling released earlier this month.

McSally has never won a state-wide election to fill the seat. She was appointed last year after it was vacated following the death of Republican Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainBiden and Schumer face battles with left if Democrats win big Trump digs in on conspiracy theory over bin Laden raid At 97, Bob Dole is still fighting for his country MORE. McSally had lost her 2018 Senate bid to Democrat Krysten SinemaKyrsten SinemaReplacing Justice Ginsburg could depend on Arizona's next senator Why Trump, GOP are running into trouble in Arizona Gun control group to spend at least million in Arizona ahead of November MORE, who flipped the seat formerly held by retired Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeOne of life's great mysteries: Why would any conservative vote for Biden? Trump excoriates Sasse over leaked audio Biden holds 8-point lead over Trump in Arizona: poll MORE (R).

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate GOP eyes Oct. 26 for confirming Barrett to Supreme Court GOP blocks Schumer effort to adjourn Senate until after election This week: Clock ticks on chance for coronavirus deal MORE (R-Maine.), who like McSally is facing a tough reelection campaign, questioned the timing of the new Parnas information on Wednesday.