Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said Thursday that as many as 10 Republicans, enough to call into question the results of an impeachment trial, have “severe misgivings” about Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) strategy in the impeachment trial against President Trump.
Blumenthal said in a recent interview that there will be pressure on McConnell from other Republican lawmakers to employ a fair strategy for the impending impeachment trial in the upper chamber of Congress.
“I’ve talked to anywhere from five to 10 of my colleagues who have very severe misgivings about the direction that Mitch McConnell is going in denying a full, fair proceeding with witnesses and documents. My hope is that they will say publicly what Sen. Murkowski did, and really hold Mitch McConnell accountable,” he said during Capitol News Briefing on the Connecticut Network.
Earlier this month, McConnell told the press that he “is not an impartial juror. This is a political process,” when it came to impeachment proceedings.
He also told Fox News host Sean Hannity that he planned to coordinate with the White House counsel during the trial in the Senate.
Moderate GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) said that she does not agree with McConnell about his impeachment strategy, adding that she was “disturbed” by the comments he made about his coordination with the White House.
“I believe Sen. Murkowski is saying what a lot of my Republican colleagues are thinking, in fact, saying privately,” Blumenthal said.
The senator said that McConnell is “sabotaging this proceeding by saying he won’t be impartial,” echoing other Democratic criticisms.