GOP senator defends Trump amid Parnas recording: 'Certainly the president meets a lot of people'

Republican Sen. James LankfordJames Paul LankfordAbbott slams Ben & Jerry's for Palestine support: 'Disgraceful' Democrat stalls Biden's border nominee Republican calls on Oklahoma to ban Ben & Jerry's MORE (Okla.) defended President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions The Memo: Left pins hopes on Nina Turner in Ohio after recent defeats Biden administration to keep Trump-era rule of turning away migrants during pandemic MORE Sunday amid newly released audio of a conversation between Trump and Lev Parnas that raises questions about whether Trump lied about not knowing the indicted businessman. 

Lankford said the audio of the meeting of Trump and Parnas, a Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiGiuliani rips Ukraine investigation: 'I committed no crime' Capitol insurrection hearing exposes Trumpworld delusions DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's riot lawsuit MORE associate, doesn't show that Trump was lying when he said he did not know the Ukrainian businessman. 

"It's a dinner, 90 minutes of a dinner, hard to be able to say to the president who meets 1,000 people a day, 'OK, do you know this person who was at a dinner with you a year and a half ago?" Lankford said on CNN's "State of the Union." 

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Lankford responded by suggesting that it is reasonable for him to not recall meeting someone he had at least one lengthy conversation with. 

"You meet a lot of people, I meet a lot of people, certainly the president meets a lot of people," Lankford said. 

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Parnas is indicted on campaign finance charges. 

He provided information regarding communications about the pressure campaign in Ukraine to the House earlier this month. Trump has repeatedly denied knowing Parnas.