A Republican senator lashed out at a journalist who asked about Donald Trump's impeachment as she was walking into a hearing room, calling the reporter a “liberal hack” and refusing to answer his questions.
“Senator McSally, should the Senate consider new evidence as a part of the impeachment trial?” Mr Raju asked the senator as she walked past him, flanked by her staff.
“Manu, you’re a liberal hack, I’m not talking to you”, Ms McSally responded.
“You’re not going to comment?” Mr Raju replied.
Sen. Martha McSally, a Republican facing a difficult election race, lashed out when I asked if she would consider new evidence as part of the Senate trial. “You’re a liberal hack - I’m not talking to you. You’re a liberal hack.” She then walked into a hearing room.— Manu Raju (@mkraju)January 16, 2020
“You’re a liberal hack, buddy”, the senator repeated as she walked into a room.
Ms McSally later shared a video of the tense moment in response to a tweet Mr Raju posted on Twitter, in which he quoted her statement about him being a “liberal hack”.
In a tweet of her own, the senator wrote: “A) You are. B) Here’s the video.”
The video shows Mr Raju asking the question to Ms McSally just before she enters the hearing room, as she appears to move her arm in front of her, blocking his microphone.
She has since announced a 2020 senatorial bid to hold onto her post, despite facing a challenge from Democrat Mark Kelly, a prominent former astronaut and US Navy Captain who is married to former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords.
Mr Raju noted in his tweet that Ms McSally was “facing a difficult election race” in Arizona amid the contentious impeachment saga.