After Louisiana Senator Lamar Alexander announced he would be voting against extending this politically motivated sham impeachment, Democrats were positioning to shame Chief Justice John Roberts into the deciding vote in the event Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski voted for additional witnesses and a 50-50 vote resulted.
You’ll remember Chief Justice Roberts rewrote the unconstitutional Obamacare bill, ignoring arguments to the contrary that had been advanced by Obama’s legal team, in order to give it an upvote.
We’ve always been skeptical of Roberts’ motives since then, and now, following the admission of thousands of illegal surveillance efforts over many years by the Obama intelligence community and IRS, we are more concerned than ever about the nature of his compromise… if any.
The potential for that was removed when Sen. Murkowski announced today, after a night of contemplation, that she was against extending this farce any longer.
Whether Murkowski was reacting to overnight polling by voters in Alaska, where Trump beat Hillary Clinton by 15 points in 2016, or not, the Alaskan senator deserves credit for a carefully worded statement that hit the key points why this Bull-Schiff trial had to end.
Senator Murkowski’s Facebook Page:
“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 our 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.”
Murkowski has been an unreliable Republican in the past but her vote and statement today should be applauded.
Now that the vote is no longer in doubt it will be interesting to see how many Democrat Senators from red states are free to vote with Trump.