- GOP Sen. Martha McSally on Thursday called a CNN reporter a "liberal hack" when asked whether she'd support allowing new evidence into President Donald Trump's impeachment trial.
- The Fox News host Laura Ingraham invited McSally on her prime-time show Thursday, where the two laughed about the incident.
- But Ingraham wasn't happy when McSally refused to answer the same question.
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The Fox News opinion host Laura Ingraham was thrilled to see Republican Sen. Martha McSally publicly slam a CNN reporter on Thursday. McSally repeatedly called CNN's Manu Raju a "liberal hack" in an exchange filmed by one of her staffers.
President Donald Trump's campaign was also happy to promote the incident, praising the Arizona lawmaker for attacking the so-called mainstream media.
"THREE CHEERS for Senator @MarthaMcSally!!! THIS is how you handle FAKE NEWS @CNN," the campaign tweeted.
McSally's campaign fundraised off the episode, and her team apparently registered the internet domain name "LiberalHack.com" within an hour of the incident.
But Ingraham wasn't as enthusiastic when McSally refused to answer the same question Raju asked when Ingraham posed it again Thursday night. The question — does McSally want additional evidence and witnesses to be included in the Senate impeachment trial? — was "pretty easy," the Fox host said.
"You can call me a conservative hack, but do you want witnesses, yes or no?" Ingraham pressed. "Why aren't you telling us?"
McSally said the public would have to wait and see what she did. "I'm not going to tell everyone what my votes are going to be," she said.
"Pretty easy question, don't you think, senator?" Ingraham interjected.
McSally is facing a competitive challenge this year from the former astronaut Mark Kelly, who is running as a Democrat, which puts her in a politically vulnerable position when it comes to an impending vote on whether to call witnesses to testify during Trump's impeachment trial. If she votes no, she might alienate moderate constituents. But if she votes yes, she could lose the GOP base.
The senator eventually allowed that she wanted "parity" if witnesses were called.
"If we go down that path, then whoever they're asking for, then President Trump's lawyers and the defense get to also bring up whoever they want," she said.
—Martha McSally (@SenMcSallyAZ) January 17, 2020
—JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) January 17, 2020
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