President Trump isn’t the only candidate up for reelection in 2020. Alaska Senator, Lisa Murkowski (R), who won reelection in her state as a “write-in” candidate, after losing her party’s nomination, could be treading on thin ice with her constituents, as in nine short months, she’s going to be asking for citizens of a state that is wildly pro-Trump to reelect her.
Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski willingly took the risk of destroying her reelection chances when she allowed Democrats to bully her into voting against the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Bret Kavanaugh.
Many were wondering if the moderate, pro-choice Senator was willing to risk it all, by voting with Democrats in their latest attempt to bloody President Trump, the man they know they can’t defeat at the ballot box, with an impeachment sham, before the 2020 election?
As it turns out, the answer is “no.”
Fox News is reporting that Senator Murkowski has announced today that she’ll vote against calling witnesses in President Trump’s impeachment trial, all but assuring the Senate will move to wrap up proceedings with a likely acquittal in a matter of days, if not hours.
“Given the partisan nature of this impeachment from the very beginning and throughout, I have come to the conclusion that there will be no fair trial in the Senate. I don’t believe the continuation of this process will change anything. It is sad for me to admit that, as an institution, the Congress has failed,” said Murkowski, a key moderate senator who has been closely watched on the witness question.
The announcement came after Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., who also had been on the fence on the issue, announced late Thursday that he would not support additional witnesses in Trump’s “shallow, hurried and wholly partisan” trial.
Right now, Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Mitt Romney of Utah are the only GOP senators to signal support for witnesses. Presuming Democrats vote as a bloc and no other Republicans defect, this would leave the pro-witness side with just 49 votes.
The Senate is expected to vote on the witness question later Friday. From there, proceedings could drag on through Friday night and into the weekend – and possibly beyond – but it takes a two-thirds supermajority to convict a president.
Watch President Trump, who recenlty spoke out about the impeachment hoax: