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Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski Troubled with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Approach to Impeachment!

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) speaks during a committee hearing on the world energy outlook in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 28, 2019. (Mandel Ngan/AFP)

Senator Lisa Murkowski

Dear Commons Community,

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska, said she was bothered to hear Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell say there would be “total coordination” between the White House and the Senate over the upcoming presidential impeachment trial.

“…when I heard that I was disturbed,” Murkowski told KTUU Tuesday before saying 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.”

In a recent interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, described his planning with the White House.

“We’ll be working through this process, hopefully in a fairly short period of time in total coordination with the White House counsel’s office and the people who are representing the president as well as the Senate,” McConnell said. 

As reported by the Associated Press: “Murkowski was critical of the impeachment process conducted in the House of Representatives, describing it as rushed.

Murkowski says the Senate is now being asked to cure deficiencies in evidence to be presented at the trial, particularly when it comes to whether key witnesses should be brought forward to testify, including White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and former national security adviser John Bolton.

“How we will deal with witnesses remains to be seen,” Murkowski said before saying the House should have gone to the courts if witnesses refused to appear before Congress.

Murkowski also spoke of her desire for a “full and fair process,” potentially using the impeachment hearings of President Clinton as a template.

Murkowski remained undecided about how she would vote when the trial takes place. “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.”

We could use a few more Senator Murkowskis in the Senate.

Tony

One comment

  1. A typical NonSenator from Alaska
    Why if you had a problem with House”rushing” the Impeachment, would you have a problem with your party leaders approach to clear the deck and get down to the business of fixing the problems addressing the Nation.
    President Trump isn’t the problem, he has been fixing the problems confronting the US and that is the issue, they DemocRats can’t control the narrative. If only Hillary had won we could be racing Venezuela to the dustbin of history. So now this space cadet from Alaska wants the Senate to fix the BS spewed by the nanny led house. They should send her packing next election. Useless RINO