Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski isn’t convinced the Senate will conduct a fair trial in the impeachment process and told an Anchorage TV station that she’s “disturbed” by comments Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made a few weeks ago.
McConnell was interviewed by Sean Hannity on Fox News a few weeks ago where he said, “We don’t have the kind of ball control on this that a typical issue, for example, comes over from the House, if I don’t like it, we don’t take it up,” McConnell stated about an impeachment trial. “We have no choice but to take it up, but we’ll be working through this process, hopefully in a fairly short period of time, in total coordination with White House counsel’s office and the people who are representing the President in the well of the Senate.”
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It’s the “total coordination with the White House” part that disturbs her.
“And in fairness, when I heard that I was disturbed,” Murkowski said before describing that there should be distance between the White House and the Senate in how the trial is conducted. “To me it means that we have to take that step back from being hand in glove with the defense, and so I heard what leader McConnell had said, I happened to think that that has further confused the process.”
Murkowski often bucks the party lines and was the only “no” GOP vote during the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation process.
And it appears she may vote yes on impeachment – based on comments she made in the interview, it’s not too far fetched to think she’ll side with the Democrats on this issue.
“For me to prejudge and say there’s nothing there or on the other hand, he should be impeached yesterday, that’s wrong, in my view, that’s wrong,” she told the outlet.