Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) will vote against a motion to consider subpoenas of new witnesses and documents at President Trump’s impeachment trial, giving Republicans 51 votes to end the trial Friday or Saturday.
Murkowski said she blamed the House for rushing “flawed” impeachment articles.
“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,” she said.
“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,” she added.
Murkowski also said the trial had not been fair and that Congress had failed as an institution.
“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,” she said.
“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.”
Murkowski had been the last undecided Republican senator, giving Democrats hope of a 50-50 tie on the procedural question of subpoenaing witnesses such as former national security adviser John Bolton.
Republican Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Mitt Romney (Utah) announced that they would vote for additional subpoenas.