In her statement issued Friday announcing her ‘no’ vote against new witnesses and evidence in the impeachment trial of President Trump, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) cited a question submitted by presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on Thursday that attacked the credibility of Chief Justice John Roberts and the Supreme Court as one of her reasons for wanting the trial to end. Murkowski criticized the question, not Warren by name, but the message was sent loud and clear.
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Warren’s question to the Democrat House Managers which was read aloud to the Senate by Roberts, who kept his composure but betrayed a hint of emotion, “At a time when large majorities of Americans have lost faith in government, does the fact that the Chief Justice is presiding over an impeachment trial in which Republican senators have thus far refused to allow witnesses or evidence contribute to the loss of legitimacy of the Chief Justice, the Supreme Court and the Constitution?”
I asked @RepAdamSchiff: At time when many have lost faith in govt, does the fact that the Chief Justice is presiding over an impeachment trial in which GOP senators refuse witnesses or evidence contribute to the loss of legitimacy of the Chief Justice, SCOTUS, & Constitution? pic.twitter.com/H4Txt68EdX
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) January 30, 2020
Screen image of Roberts after he read Warren’s question and stared in her direction.
— Heather Monahan (@HeatherMonahan_) January 30, 2020
U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today released the following statement on the Senate vote regarding additional evidence for the court of impeachment:
“I worked for a fair, honest, and transparent process, modeled after the Clinton trial, to provide ample time for both sides to present their cases, ask thoughtful questions, and determine whether we need more.
“The House chose to send articles of impeachment that are rushed and flawed. I carefully considered the need for additional witnesses and documents, to cure the shortcomings of its process, but ultimately decided that I will vote against considering motions to subpoena.
“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.
“It has also become clear some of my colleagues intend to further politicize this process, and drag the Supreme Court into the fray, while attacking the Chief Justice. I will not stand for nor support that effort. We have already degraded this institution for partisan political benefit, and I will not enable those who wish to pull down another.
“We are sadly at a low point of division in this country.”