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

Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyKudlow slams senators who allegedly traded stock before pandemic Graham backs Trump, vows no money for WHO in next funding bill Trump considering suspending funding to WHO MORE (R-Ariz.) did not respond when asked on Thursday about new claims that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders says he wouldn't 'drop dead' if Trump decided on universal healthcare Overnight Health Care: Trump officials lay groundwork for May reopening | Democrats ramp up talks with Mnuchin on next relief deal | Fauci says death toll could be around 60,000 Hillicon Valley: State officials push for more election funds | Coronavirus surveillance concerns ramp up pressure for privacy bill | Senators warned not to use Zoom | Agencies ask FCC to revoke China Telecom's license 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 GiulianiThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump: Tough times but progress being made Giuliani touts experimental coronavirus treatment in private conversations with Trump Trump team picks fight with Twitter, TV networks over political speech 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. 

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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 BidenSteyer endorses Biden for president Sanders 2020 press secretary: Democratic leadership interested in 'corporate status quo' or 'they're planning to replace Joe' Biden joins calls to release racial breakdowns of coronavirus cases, deaths MORE, a leading 2020 Democratic presidential candidate. 

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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. 

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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 McCainMegan McCain knocks Trump over comments honoring POWs Esper faces tough questions on dismissal of aircraft carrier's commander Democratic super PAC targets McSally over coronavirus response MORE. McSally had lost her 2018 Senate bid to Democrat Krysten SinemaKyrsten Lea SinemaDemocratic super PAC targets McSally over coronavirus response Poll: Kelly opens up double-digit lead against McSally in Arizona Senate race McSally launches 2020 campaign MORE, who flipped the seat formerly held by retired Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeMcSally campaign to suspend TV ads, canvassing amid pandemic Coronavirus isn't the only reason Congress should spend less time in DC Trump Jr. says he inherited 'Tourette's of the thumbs' from his father MORE (R).

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsTwo Democrats roll out bill to protect inspectors general from politically motivated firing Senators demand more details from Trump on intel watchdog firing Senators push for changes to small business aid MORE (R-Maine.), who like McSally is facing a tough reelection campaign, questioned the timing of the new Parnas information on Wednesday.