Senator Lisa Murkowski told reporters Friday she will vote against hearing from additional witnesses in the ongoing impeachment trial; likely avoiding a split vote that could have ended in the hands of Supreme Court Justice John Roberts.
Sen. Murkowski on her vote against witnesses:
"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." pic.twitter.com/S53edcpdKR
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 31, 2020
“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,” the Alaska Republican said in a statement.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
ABSENT ADAM: Rep. Collins Rips Schiff for Skipping Impeachment Hearings, Says ‘Hiding Behind Staff’
GOP Rep. Doug Collins slammed the Democrats’ never-ending impeachment fantasy Monday morning; blasting Intel Chair Adam Schiff for skipping the hearings while opting to “hide behind his staff.”
“At the end of the day, all of this is about — is about a clock and a calendar because (Democrats) can’t get over the fact Donald Trump is president of the United States and they don’t have a candidate that they think can beat him,” Collins told the House Judiciary Committee
Collins stopped-by ‘Hannity’ Wednesday night following a day of heated impeachment testimony on Capitol Hill; saying Republicans “have the facts” while Democrats “have only hatred.”
“There’s no fact witnesses, we have three people who hate Donald Trump. Why were they even there?” asked Hannity.
“They were there because Jerry Nadler had to figure out something to do. He has no plan, the clock and the calendar, not the facts are driving this… We have the facts on our side, all they have is hatred of President Trump,” said Collins.
“When you’ve got facts on your side, it’ll win every time,” he added.
Watch Rep. Collins on ‘Hannity’ above.
BUCKLE UP: Nancy Pelosi Invites President Trump to Deliver his State of the Union Address on February 4th
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi officially invited President Trump to deliver his State of the Union Address Friday afternoon; setting the stage for a high-stakes showdown just weeks after passing Articles of Impeachment.
“In the spirit of respecting our Constitution, I invite you to deliver your State of the Union Address before a Joint Session of Congress on Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 in the Chamber of the US House of Representatives,” said Pelosi in a letter.
— Drew Hammill (@Drew_Hammill) December 20, 2019
Nancy Pelosi’s recent strategy of withholding Articles of Impeachment from reaching the Senate hit a legal snag Friday, with analysts saying President Trump isn’t officially “impeached” until she transmits the documents.
“Pelosi, D-Calif., is apparently using the delay as leverage to extract favorable terms for a Senate trial. But Noah Feldman wrote for Bloomberg that an ‘indefinite delay’ would pose a ‘serious problem’—as impeachment only technically happens when the articles are transmitted to the Senate,” reports Fox News.
“Both parts are necessary to make an impeachment under the Constitution: The House must actually send the articles and send managers to the Senate to prosecute the impeachment. And the Senate must actually hold a trial,” Feldman wrote.
“If the House does not communicate its impeachment to the Senate, it hasn’t actually impeached the president,” he continued. “If the articles are not transmitted, Trump could legitimately say he wasn’t truly impeached at all.”
Read the full report here.