With the death of John McCain and the retirements of Bob Corker and Jeff Flake, there are few remaining moderate Republicans. One that certainly stands out is Lisa Murkowski. The Alaskan senator not only voted against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, she was also the only GOP no on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
While Democrats have pinned their impeachment hopes on senators like Mitt Romney and Susan Collins, Murkowski may allow them their best chance at a yes vote on Trump’s removal. Over the weekend, she told reporters that she was disturbed by Mitch McConnell’s recent remarks about coordination wit the White House.
Earlier this month, the Senate Majority Leader told Fox News, “Everything I do during this, I’m coordinating with White House Counsel. There will be no difference between the President’s position and our position as to how to handle this.”
Mitch McConnell: Everything I do during this, I’m coordinating with White House Counsel. There will be no difference between the President’s position and our position as to how to handle this pic.twitter.com/baFaTKWvUl
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) December 13, 2019
When asked about the comments, Murkowski said, “When I heard that I was disturbed. 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.”
Unlike many of her Republican colleagues, Murkowski explained that she has yet to make a decision on how she would vote. The Alaskan lawmaker told reporters, “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.”