Corrupt Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan Refuse to Denounce Trump Impeachment; WH Expects ‘At Least Four Republicans’ in Senate to Join Democrats’ Call for Impeachment Witnesses; Senate Impeachment Trial Rules: No Phones and No Talking for Senators

White House Reportedly Expects ‘at Least Four Republicans’ in Senate to Join Democrats’ Call for Impeachment Witnesses

By Mediate. The White House reportedly expects “at least four Republicans,” and “likely more,” to join Democrat calls for witnesses in the Senate impeachment of President Donald Trump.

According to CBS News, which cited unnamed senior “White House officials,” the White House “increasingly believe that at least four Republicans, and likely more, will vote to call witnesses.”

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), and Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) are among those reportedly expected to vote for the calling of witnesses, and the White House also allegedly has its eyes on “wild card” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and “institutionalist” Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN). (Read more from “White House Reportedly Expects ‘at Least Four Republicans’ in Senate to Join Democrats’ Call for Impeachment Witnesses” HERE)

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Murkowski: Decision on Impeachment Witnesses Should Wait Until After Start of Trial

By The Hill. 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. (Read more from “Murkowski: Decision on Impeachment Witnesses Should Wait Until After Start of Trial” HERE)

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Sen. Dan Sullivan on Trump Impeachment Trial: The Issue of Witnesses and Additional Informational Is Premature

By Fox News.

(Read more from “Sen. Dan Sullivan on Trump Impeachment Trial: The Issue of Witnesses and Additional Informational Is Premature” HERE)

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Senate Impeachment Trial Rules: No Phones and No Talking for Senators

By CNN. Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska saluted Senate rules announced Wednesday for the impeachment trial that are designed to ensure senators are not distracted and can pay close attention to the proceedings.

The rules, which might seem more designed for a seventh-grade classroom instead of the United States Senate, include a ban on smart phones and electronics, a requirement senators sit at their desks and not talk to their neighbors, and not read any materials not directly associated with the ongoing testimony.

“Paying attention is significant and important and I’m glad that we can put these devises down,” Murkowski said. (Read more from “Senate Impeachment Trial Rules: No Phones and No Talking for Senators” HERE)

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