GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski remains undecided on how she'll vote in a Senate impeachment trial against President Donald Trump and says that she was "disturbed" when she heard Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's comments that there will be "total coordination" between Senate Republicans and the White House.
"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," the Alaska Republican told Anchorage NBC affiliate KTTU on Tuesday.
The senator said that while she does not know yet how she'll vote, but she does want to see a "full and fair process" that potentially uses former President Bill Clinton's impeachment hearings as a blueprint.
"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.
However, Murkowski also criticized the speed at which the impeachment inquiry and vote were completed in the House of Representatives, as she thinks the process was rushed and the Senate is now being asked to fix deficiencies in evidence that will be heard at Trump's trial.
“Speaker (Nancy) Pelosi was very clear, very direct that her goal was to get this done before Christmas," said Murkowski.
This has left the Senate to determine if key witnesses, including former national security adviser John Bolton, White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, and others should be called to testify.
“How we will deal with witnesses remains to be seen,” Murkowski said, adding that she thinks the House should have taken the matter of witnesses who refuse to testify to the courts before proceeding.
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