Is Lisa Murkowski disturbed enough (about #MoscowMitch) to make a difference in the Trump trial

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Like the Kavanaugh hearings, we now see what counts as independent thinking on the GOP side. Unlike the Kavanaugh stunt show we know more about how Susan Collins tends in terms of GOP discipline.

The safest bet for those 2020 vulnerable GOP senators is to appeal to home state constituents and to court “independents” by voting against McConnell at the level of votes on process favoring Democrats, but ultimately still voting not to remove IMPOTUS from office.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) told ABC affiliate KTUU on Tuesday that she was “disturbed” upon hearing Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s assurance of “total coordination” between the White House and the Senate in the impeachment trial of President Trump.

Driving the news: In an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, McConnell said, “We’ll be working through this process … in total coordination with the White House counsel’s office and the people who are representing the president as well as the Senate,” adding, “There will be no difference between the president’s position and our position as to how to handle this to the extent that we can.”…

“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 said.

Her remarks were similar to those made Sunday by Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who complained that members of both parties — including some Democratic presidential candidates — were ignoring their constitutional obligations to be impartial.…

  • December 25, 2019