Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said on Monday that she supports delaying a decision on which, if any, witnesses should testify until after the start of President Trump’s impeachment trial.
With that decision Murkowski aligns herself with the process advocated by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and bolsters the chances that Republicans — absent an 11th hour deal with Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) — will be able to force through their own impeachment rules.
“I think we need to do what they did the last time they did this … and that was to go through a first phase, and then they reassessed after that,” Murkowski told reporters after leaving McConnell’s office.
McConnell has urged the Senate to pass two resolutions. One at the outset would deal only with the rules for the impeachment trial, including things like how long both sides would get to present their opening arguments. Under McConnell’s plan a second resolution, passed after both sides present their case, would tackle what witnesses are called to testify.