Republican Senator of Alaska, Lisa Murkowski stated that she was disturbed from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s comments that he will work in “total coordination” with the White House during the impeachment trial.
“When I heard that I was disturbed,” Murkowski said on Tuesday.
According to The Hill, McConnell has been criticized for his comments by Democrats, given that senators take an oath to be impartial jurors during the trial.
“To me, it means 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 happen to think that that has further confused the process,” she added.
Murkowski is moderate Republican, and is one of the few GOP senators who could move against Trump, and give the democrats a chance in the Republican controlled senate.
Meanwhile, Senator Lindsey Graham said he is ready to vote and doesn’t need to hear any witnesses, Murkowski said she won’t “prejudge” the situation before the process continues.
“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.
“If it means that I am viewed as one who looks openly and critically at every issue in front of me rather than acting as a rubber stamp for my party or my president, I am totally good with that,” Murkowski added. “I am totally, totally good with that.”
McConnell signaled on Monday the talks about a trial are in limbo until senators return to Washington in a couple of weeks.