Sen. Murkowski ‘Disturbed’ by McConnell’s Impeachment Trial Plan

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Senator Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska, said she was disturbed to hear Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell say there would be “total coordination” between the White House and the Senate in the presidential impeachment trial.

“In fairness, when I heard that I was disturbed,” Murkowski told KTUU-TV on Tuesday, adding that there should be distance between the White House and the Senate in how the trial is conducted.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said she was disturbed to hear Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s plan to truckle to the White House in President Trump’s upcoming impeachment trial. (AP file photo)

“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 said.

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.

Murkowski was critical of the impeachment process conducted in the House of Representatives, describing it as rushed.

She said the Senate is being asked to cure deficiencies in evidence to be presented at the trial, particularly when it comes to whether key witnesses should 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, adding that the House should have gone to the courts when witnesses refused to appear before Congress.

Murkowski spoke of her desire for a “full and fair process,” possibly 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.”

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