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Murkowski Will Vote NO on Additional Witnesses and Documents

Murkowski Will Vote NO on Additional Witnesses and Documents

“It has also become clear some of my colleagues intend to further politicize this process, and drag the Supreme Court into the fray, while attacking the Chief Justice. I will not stand for nor support that effort.”

https://www.ktuu.com/content/news/-Murkowski-disturbed-by-McConnells-vow-for-total-coordination-with-White-House-for-impeachment-trial-566472361.html

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) decided not to vote for additional witnesses and documents in the impeachment trial.

She lashed out at the House Democrats over the articles of impeachment and even took a swipe at sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) question to Chief Justice John Roberts.

The Democrats needed at least four Republican senators to get the witness motion passed. With Murkowski’s decision they will only have 49 votes.

Murkowski made it known last week that she did not appreciate the House Democrats pushing through the articles of impeachment and expected the Senate to do their job.

She rightfully called them out and said their “rushed and flawed” articles became a reason why she thought about calling more witnesses “to cure the shortcomings of its process.”

But it was “the partisan nature of this impeachment from the very beginning and throughout” that led her to vote no on witnesses. Because of this, she believes “there will be no fair trial in the Senate” and that “the continuation of this process will change anything.”

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Which colleagues is she referring to?

She actually evolved from worthlessness into more than worthless, in this proceeding.

    legacyrepublican in reply to NotKennedy. | January 31, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    Not really a surprise actually. Trump is pro-oil and that is the lifeblood of Alaska. Voting yes would not play well back home.

    A side benefit of blaming Sen. Warren’s partisan behavior is, that to her home crowd, she looks even better to the rest of the US.

      And, don’t forget that Sanders just introduced a bill to ban fracking and the rest of the Ds also support banning fracking.

      I wonder how well solar and wind turbines work in Alaska, especially in the winter? /s

CaptScientist | January 31, 2020 at 1:39 pm

That’s all the dims wanted to do any way….debase people who don’t agree and further the divide of this nation…..Thank You

Here we are at the end of this process, and we’re right back to one of the oldest rules there is – Don’t go into a trial and piss off the Jury!!!! The Dem trial managers royally pissed off Murkowski when she was asking questions, driving away someone who at one point was willing to listen to what they had to say. Nice job, Dems!

    iconotastic in reply to Tom Servo. | January 31, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    Isn’t ‘don’t piss off the judge’ another well established rule too?

      And….don’t piss off the voters who will make sure that the House will return to R control.

      In the past, I didn’t donate to campaigns. But, that changed during the 2018 season. And I am already donating to campaigns, but not the national organizations.

      Recommendations
      – set up another email account since the campaigns continue to send a bunch of stuff (email & postal + phone calls)
      – have a response ready for those who are out of your voting area. I decided what I expected from the person as a Republican Rep or Sen. Wrote it once, cut and paste the words for later requests. I told the callers that it was a one-time donation, so it was not worth it to keep calling.

      Request
      – I am supporting Stephanie Bice (5th District OK – currently held by a D) and John James (Senate MI)
      – Who else is a good candidate that we can support?
      – Can the Professor have a page of recommended candidates for Senate and House?

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | January 31, 2020 at 2:04 pm

Looks like Cocaine Mitch managed to hold enough of the caucus together. Wonder what he gave to Murkowski (if anything) for her vote?

Just saw somewhere that the trial will go until Wednesday. Wish they’d just vote today and end it. The NYT seems to have mini “bombshells” set to detonate daily.

I’d be interested in hearing opinions explaining why McConnell is denying Trump from being able to proclaim his Impeachment Survival Victory at Tuesday’s SOTU address?

Translation:

“Now that I’ve verified that my vote is actually worthless, I’m willing to pretend to be a conservative”.

    PrincetonAl in reply to Olinser. | January 31, 2020 at 5:29 pm

    “Also, to avoid the 50-50 deadlock questions, I leveraged my NO vote for maximum Alaskan pork set asides and personal benefit on some undisclosed side deals. But pay no attention to that.

    I’m a principled Republican Senator after all.”

John Sullivan | January 31, 2020 at 2:24 pm

The best part is the dig at Elizabeth Warren, turning Warren into the Michael Avenatti of the impeachment trial.

Why allow the Dems and NYT & Co. an additional five days to invent yet another blockbuster?

WTF?

2smartforlibs | January 31, 2020 at 2:33 pm

VOTE ALREADY

smalltownoklahoman | January 31, 2020 at 2:57 pm

I’ll just say: a win’s a win. Don’t really care why she’s voting no on dragging this out further, just glad that one of the worries decided not to be one this time.

I understand that members of the House of Representatives are immune from prosecution for anything they say on the House floor. Does that hole true for what the House managers might say on the floor of the Senate?

    txvet2 in reply to stablesort. | January 31, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    They were acting in their “official” capacity, so I would think yes, they’re immune. I don’t think even Schiff would be making so much stuff up if he was answerable for it.

    clintack in reply to stablesort. | January 31, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    “… and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place.”

    Not much wiggle room there. He was clearly in one of the houses and it was clearly speech or debate.

The Dems didn’t really want witnesses anyway. Think about all the people the GOP could call who were involved in this mess. The Bidens are the least of it. They could call witnesses for months.

Which Democrat senators will vote for acquital?
Manchin (WV) up for election 2024
Doug Jones (AL) 2020
tester (MT) not up for election until 2024

    PrincetonAl in reply to Joe-dallas. | January 31, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    Manchin will acquit.

    Jones maybe, he’s still doing the polling math on pickups with a YES vs. loss of base if he votes YES …

    One is enough to make it bi-partisan, but two would be better.

All repubs should immediately say, “I yield my time to a vote.”

Chalk this up to luck.
I am so sick of my Senator…

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