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

Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyDemocrats feel political momentum swinging to them on impeachment Senate Republicans confident they'll win fight on witnesses How Citizens United altered America's political landscape MORE (R-Ariz.) did not respond when asked on Thursday about new claims that President TrumpDonald John TrumpKaine: Obama called Trump a 'fascist' during 2016 campaign Kaine: GOP senators should 'at least' treat Trump trial with seriousness of traffic court Louise Linton, wife of Mnuchin, deletes Instagram post in support of Greta Thunberg 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 GiulianiDemocrats see Mulvaney as smoking gun witness at Trump trial Pompeo lashes out at 'shameful' NPR reporter Trump legal team launches impeachment defense 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 BidenDes Moines Register endorses Elizabeth Warren as Democratic presidential nominee Sanders faces lingering questions about appeal to women voters George Conway: Witness missing from impeachment trial is Trump 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 McCainConservative activist wins contest to represent New Hampshire at Republican National Convention Schiff shows clip of McCain in Trump impeachment trial Martha McSally fundraises off 'liberal hack' remark to CNN reporter MORE. McSally had lost her 2018 Senate bid to Democrat Krysten SinemaKyrsten Lea SinemaGOP senator calls CNN reporter a 'liberal hack' when asked about Parnas materials Poll: Democrat Mark Kelly leads incumbent McSally in Arizona Senate race Independents and impeachment could determine Arizona's electoral future MORE, who flipped the seat formerly held by retired Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeThe Hill's 12:30 Report: House managers to begin opening arguments on day two Flake: Republicans don't speak out against Trump 'because they want to keep their jobs' GOP senator calls CNN reporter a 'liberal hack' when asked about Parnas materials MORE (R).

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsKaine: GOP senators should 'at least' treat Trump trial with seriousness of traffic court Romney: 'It's very likely I'll be in favor of witnesses' in Trump impeachment trial Schumer: Trump's team made case for new witnesses 'even stronger' MORE (R-Maine.), who like McSally is facing a tough reelection campaign, questioned the timing of the new Parnas information on Wednesday.