Alaska Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski said that she was “disturbed” by the way Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was coordinated with the White House over the impeachment trial at the Senate.
Leaders at the Senate are yet to make a deal regarding the trial rules; however, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has not sent the Senate the impeachment articles necessary to begin the proceedings, CNN informs.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has called for the Senate to pursue witnesses and documents, which McConnell opposes, leading to a holiday impasse and uncertainty as to when the trial will begin.
But Murkowski said McConnell had “confused the process” by saying he was acting in “total coordination” with the White House on setting the parameters for the trial. “And in fairness, when I heard that, I was disturbed,” Murkowski told KTUU, a CNN affiliate.
“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,” she went on.