Jan 16, 2020

McSally calls CNN reporter “liberal hack” for asking about new impeachment evidence

Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) called CNN's Manu Raju a "liberal hack" and refused to answer a question about whether the Senate should consider a trove of additional evidence as part of the pending impeachment trial of President Trump.

The exchange:

RAJU: Senator McSally, should the Senate consider new evidence as part of the impeachment trial?
MCSALLY: You’re a liberal hack. I’m not talking to you.
RAJU: You’re not going to comment?
MCSALLY: You're a liberal hack.

Driving the news: The House Intelligence Committee released a batch of new evidence this week obtained from indicted Giuliani associate Lev Parnas, who claimed in an interview on MSNBC Wednesday night that President Trump "knew exactly what was going on" with respect to the pressure campaign Giuliani was leading in Ukraine.

The big picture: Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are facing questions about impeachment witnesses and evidence as the Senate trial is set to kick off later Thursday. McSally, who represents a swing state and faces a tough re-election bid in 2020, is one of the senators who could face pressure from constituents to vote in favor of calling witnesses.

  • A recent poll showed McSally down 4% to her Democratic challenger Mark Kelly, an astronaut and the husband of former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot during a town hall in Tucson in 2011.
  • Kelly raised $6.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2019, bringing his total fundraising haul for the year to more than $20 million. McSally raised $4 million in Q4, for a total of $12 million for the year.

Go deeper: Lev Parnas: "Trump knew exactly what was going on" in Ukraine

Editor’s note: This post has been corrected to show that Gabrielle Giffords was shot in 2011 (not 2014).

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Trump claims he didn't know about Giuliani letter to Zelensky

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Sen. Cornyn: There have been a "series of grifters" associated with Trump campaign

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) on CBS's "Face the Nation" Sunday dismissed new impeachment evidence obtained from Lev Parnas, an indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani, stating that there is "no question that there have been a series of grifters" who have associated themselves with the Trump campaign.

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Rudy Giuliani ditches Lev Parnas: "I still feel sorry for him"

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Rudy Giuliani went on Fox News' "The Ingraham Angle" on Monday and tried to distance himself from close associate Lev Parnas.

Why it matters: Parnas in recent interviews has claimed that he helped carry out a campaign to pressure Ukraine to announce an investigation into the Bidens with Trump's consent and awareness.

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