GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski said she was troubled to hear Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promise “total coordination” between himself and the White House regarding President Trump’s impeachment trial.
McConnell, 77, of Kentucky, made the comment about his plan to work with the White House, which sparked fierce outrage among Democrats, during an appearance on Hannity earlier this month.
“And in fairness, when I heard that, I was disturbed,” Murkowski explained to KTUU News Tuesday. “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.”
“How we will deal with witnesses remains to be seen,” she added, referencing one of the main reasons the impeachment is at an “impasse.”
Democrats have urged Senate Republicans to agree to call new witnesses, while the White House and many in the GOP want no additional witnesses and a speedy trial. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has so far refused to pass the articles of impeachment along to the Senate until an agreement on terms for a fair trial comes to fruition.
While Murkowski called for a “full and fair process,” the Alaska Republican also ridiculed Pelosi’s handling of the House impeachment process, saying, “Speaker Pelosi was very clear, very direct that her goal was to get this done before Christmas.”
Murkowski, who has split from her party on at least one key vote in the past, also made clear she was uncertain as to whether or not she will vote to remove Trump from office.
Author: Mike Brest
Source: Washington Examiner: Lisa Murkowski ‘disturbed’ by McConnell promise for ‘total coordination’ with White House