Nancy Pelosi is between a rock and a hard place on impeachment. She knows what it is coming – a wholesale rejection of a forced impeachment by the GOP held Senate.
She is desperate and in a Hail Mary, she decided not to send the articles of impeachment to Mitch McConnell in the Senate.
She is hoping Mitch will negotiate a deal where she can call her witnesses without having Hunter Biden and Adam Schiff called as well. Multiple Dem Senators have signaled they may break ranks and vote to acquit Trump which would destroy the Dems in 2020 as it would expose the shameless politics behind their move.
So while Sen. Lisa Murkowski stabbing Trump in the back is not good to see it will have zero effect on the outcome.
But it will hurt her when she runs again and that is a fact.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, says she was “disturbed” to hear Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell say there would be “total coordination” between the White House and the Senate over the upcoming presidential impeachment trial.
“And in fairness, when I heard that I was disturbed,” Murkowski said before describing that there should be distance between the White House and the Senate in how the trial is conducted. “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.”
Murkowski was critical of the impeachment process conducted in the House of Representatives that she describes as rushed. “Speaker Pelosi was very clear, very direct that her goal was to get this done before Christmas.”
She says the Senate is now being asked to cure deficiencies in the evidence that will be presented at the trial, particularly when it comes to whether key witnesses should be brought forward to testify including White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and former national security adviser John Bolton.
“How we will deal with witnesses remains to be seen,” Murkowski said before describing that the House should have gone to the courts if witnesses refused to appear before Congress.