January 17, 2020 Press Releases

“Do you want witnesses, yes or no?”

Ducking Basic Questions, McSally Makes Clear She Opposes Trial With Witnesses And Full Evidence

Yesterday, Martha McSally made national and Arizona headlines for refusing to answer a simple question about supporting a fair Senate trial

“Do you want witnesses, yes or no?”: Even Fox News’ Laura Ingraham had enough of McSally’s evasiveness

PHOENIX — Despite an oath to do “impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws,” Martha McSally spent yesterday avoiding basic questions about a fair trial, making it clear that she has no interest in hearing the truth.

Asked by CNN if she would support a fair trial with full evidence and witness testimony, McSally yesterday morning refused to answer the question and ripped the reporter as a “liberal hack.”

“Less than two hours later,” according to the Washington Post — Donald Trump’s reelection campaign began promoting McSally’s defensive answer “with a link to McSally’s online fundraising portal.” McSally has a plummeting favorability rating and was recently caught on tape pleading for “outside groups” to “start muddying up the landscape” on her health care record.

To celebrate the day of “political performance art,” McSally skipped a flight to go on Fox News — but even in that friendly setting, McSally frustrated the host by struggling to answer the same basic question about witness testimony that she had sought to avoid all day long.

McSally’s question-ducking and fundraising stunt only further underscore that she is fully aligned with Mitch McConnell’s plan to work with the White House, block key evidence and witness testimony, and embrace a rigged trial.

Read and watch the coverage:

Fox News’ Ingraham Angle‘: “Do you want witnesses, yes or no? Why aren’t you telling us?”

  • Business Insider: The Republican senator who called a CNN reporter a ‘liberal hack’ for asking an impeachment question refuses to answer the same question from a Fox News host

AP: “McSally refused to answer when CNN reporter Manu Raju asked whether the Senate should consider new evidence as part of its impeachment trial.”

The Week: “CNN’s Manu Raju approached McSally Thursday to ask if she feels the Senate should consider new evidence in Trump’s impeachment trial, but the Republican senator harshly rebuffed Raju and refused to answer.”

Arizona Republic: “Manu Raju, CNN’s senior congressional correspondent, approached McSally, R-Ariz., in a hallway and asked if she would consider new evidence as part of the impeachment trial. ‘Manu, you’re a liberal hack. I’m not talking to you,’ McSally dismissively shot back.”

New York Times: “It was a straightforward question being put to nearly every Republican senator in the Capitol on Thursday: Should the Senate consider new evidence as part of the impeachment trial? But when Manu Raju of CNN, a longtime congressional reporter, put it to Senator Martha McSally of Arizona, a first-term Republican who is up for election this fall, she went on the attack.”

Washington Post: “Rather than answer a question about the pending impeachment trial of President Trump, Republican Sen. Martha McSally repeatedly on Thursday called a CNN reporter a “liberal hack” — an exchange that a McSally staffer taped and Trump’s campaign later praised and promoted.”

MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes: “One big problem for Republican Senators […] they want to cover up the evidence of wrongdoing, is that they have no idea of the actual scope of what they are actually, really covering up.”

MSNBC: “I think that was a pretty fair question […] Since she said that, Trump War Room has tweeted it out and told people where to donate for her campaign.”

CNN: “Martha McSally, as you can see, Wolf, did not want to talk about [allowing new evidence to come forward]. And also she’s in the middle of a very difficult [election — not reelection] race, and she’s using that exchange to fundraise for her campaign.”

ABC 15 Phoenix/KNXV-TV: “That’s Arizona Senator Martha McSally calling CNN reporter Manu Raju a ‘liberal hack.’ This, after he asked about considering new evidence for President Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate.”

FOX 10 Phoenix/KSAZ-TV: “Arizona Senator Martha McSally taking a little heat, after refusing to answer a question from a CNN reporter about the impeachment trial.”

3TV Phoenix/KTVK-TV: “A CNN reporter tried asking Arizona Senator Martha McSally about the impeachment hearing this morning. So, here’s how that exchange went down…”

CBS 13 Tucson/KOLD-TV: “Testy words from Arizona Senator Martha McSally […] We’ve reached out to McSally for comment on the exchange, but no word back from her yet.”

NBC 4 Tucson/KVOA-TV: “Senator Martha McSally is facing a tough election campaign […] today she was asked a question about considering new evidence in the impeachment trial, and this was her response…”