Republican Sen. James LankfordJames Paul LankfordSchiff sparks blowback with head on a ‘pike’ lineSchiff closes Dems’ impeachment arguments with emotional appeal to remove TrumpSenate Republicans confident they’ll win fight on witnessesMORE (Okla.) defended President TrumpDonald John TrumpKaine: Obama called Trump a ‘fascist’ during 2016 campaignKaine: GOP senators should ‘at least’ treat Trump trial with seriousness of traffic courtLouise Linton, wife of Mnuchin, deletes Instagram post in support of Greta ThunbergMORE 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 GiulianiDemocrats see Mulvaney as smoking gun witness at Trump trialPompeo lashes out at ‘shameful’ NPR reporterTrump legal team launches impeachment defenseMORE 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.” CNN host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperSteyer says ‘grassroots organizing’ in Nevada, South Carolina got him on debate stagePentagon chief says he ‘didn’t see’ intelligence suggesting Iran planned to attack four US embassiesEx-White House press, military officials call on Grisham to restart regular briefings MORE pressed Lankford, saying that the newly released audio shows Trump did not tell the truth.
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.
The recording from the 2018 meeting reportedly included discussions of dismissing then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie YovanovitchMarie YovanovitchWashington Post: Pompeo ‘gaslighting’ NPR reporterPompeo lashes out at ‘shameful’ NPR reporterParnas says he has turned over tape of Trump calling for diplomat’s firingMORE.
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.