US Senator of Republican Lisa Murkowski said that she was disturbed by the Senate leader’s approach to working with the White House counsel on the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, saying there should be distance between the two.
After Mitch McConnell, the comments come by the by the Alaska lawmaker, majority of the Repubicans Senate leader, said during a Fox News interview earlier this month that he was working in “total coordination” with the White House on the upcoming trial.
“To me it means that we have to take that step back from being hand-in-glove with the defense,” Murkowski told in comments aired late on Tuesday during an interview with Alaska-based NBC news affiliate KTUU-TV.
“I heard what leader McConnell had said. I happened to think that has further confused the process.”
Murkowski, who says she remains undecided that how she will vote in the upcoming impeachment proceedings, cited the need for distance between the Senate and the White House on how the trial should be conducted.
Last week, Donald Trump was impeached by the Democratic-led House of Representatives on two charges over his pressuring Ukraine to announce an investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden who is one of the top contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination, and Biden’s son.He has been charged with abuse of power and obstructing Congress’ investigation.
President Donald Trump said that he did nothing wrong.
Republicans have 53 seats majority in Senate and the votes needed for Trump trial is 51 and to pass a set rules for a trial.
There is a litle chance that Trump will be guilty and removed from office through a trial in the Republican-led Senate, but the impeachment proceedings could resonate at the ballot box in November.