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Murkowski: It would be ‘appropriate’ to bar Trump from running in 2024

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said earlier this week that she believes it would be “appropriate” for Congress to bar President Donald Trump from holding public office again, blaming him for inciting the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.

The House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to impeach Trump a second time, with 10 Republicans voting alongside Democrats to impeach the president on charges of inciting an insurrection against the U.S. government.

Speaking to KTUU-TV, Murkowski said that the first time Trump was impeached was “a highly, highly, highly, highly partisan process, this is different.” Citing House Republican Conference Chairwoman Rep. Liz Cheney’s vote to impeach Trump, Murkowski said that this time impeachment shares bipartisan support.

She did not indicate how she will vote when the Senate conducts an impeachment trial — which will take place sometime after Jan. 19 — but she did say she believes Trump committed impeachable offenses.

“I will do what I am required and entrusted to do as a senator, as effectively listening to that trial and that proceeding, and I will make that determination at that time,” Murkowski said. “But what I will tell you is that what I believe is that this president has committed an impeachable offense through his words on the sixth of January, and leading up to the sixth of January, when he was not honest to the American people about the election and the election results.”

“There must be a consequence for this action,” she added.

A Senate impeachment trial conducted after the defendant has already left office is unprecedented in U.S. history. While some Republican senators such as Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) have said impeachment for the purpose of removing the president would be “moot,” the second part of the Senate’s impeachment power would bar Trump from seeking office again.

Murkowski supports preventing Trump from running for president again.

“I think that is one of the most consequential actions that we could take, and I think that would be appropriate,” she said. “Given what we have seen from his actions and his failure to uphold the Constitution.”

Though she did not say how she would vote, Murkowski’s past statements indicate her strong preference for Trump to leave office. Last week, Murkowski called on President Trump to resign from office.

“I want him to resign. I want him out. He has caused enough damage,” Murkowski told the Anchorage Daily News.

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GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski calls for President Trump to resign

Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski has called for President Donald Trump to resign in the wake of Wednesday’s breach of the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters, saying the mob that stormed the building was taking “an order from the president.”

Murkowski—who has earned a reputation as a centrist willing to buck the party line—added that if Republicans remain the party of Trump, she may no longer be a good fit.

What are the details?

“I want him to resign. I want him out. He has caused enough damage,” Murkowski told the Anchorage Daily News on Friday of Trump, who has less than two weeks remaining of his presidency.

“I think he should leave,” she reiterated, saying, “he said he’s not going to show up. He’s not going to appear at the at the inauguration. He hasn’t been focused on what is going on with COVID. He’s either been golfing or he’s been inside the Oval Office fuming and throwing every single person who has been loyal and faithful to him under the bus, starting with [Vice President Mike Pence]. He doesn’t want to stay there. He only wants to stay there for the title. He only wants to stay there for his ego. He needs to get out. He needs to do the good thing, but I don’t think he’s capable of doing a good thing.”

Murkowski went on to say that “there may have been many, many, many, many good Americans who came to Washington, D.C., because they felt strongly in support of this president,” while she blames Trump for inciting that occurred at the Capitol following his speech at the rally that occurred beforehand.

“I will attribute it to the president, who said, even after his vice president told him that morning, ‘I do not have the constitutional authority to do what you have asked me to do. I cannot do it. I have to protect and uphold the Constitution.’ Even after the vice president told President Trump that, he still told his supporters to fight. How are they supposed to take that? It’s an order from the president. And so that’s why they did it. They came up and they fought and people were harmed, and injured and died.”

The Anchorage Daily News asked Murkowski whether she might leave the Republican Party, to which she replied:

“Well, you know, there’s a lot of people who actually thought that I did that in 2010, think that I became an independent. I didn’t have any reason to leave my party in 2010. I was a Republican who ran a write-in campaign and I was successful. But I will tell you, if the Republican Party has become nothing more than the party of Trump, I sincerely question whether this is the party for me.”

With Democrats picking up both Georgia Senate seats this week, the upper chamber is now split 50-50 between Republicans and Democrats, meaning Democratic Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will serve as the tie-breaker after inauguration. Losing Murkowski would weaken the GOP even further, as the Democrats hold a majority in the House and have won the White House.

Anything else?

Murkowski is the first Republican senator to call for Trump to step down, as House Democrats draw up articles of impeachment against the president for the second time.

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) said Friday that impeachment of the president is “not going to happen” in the Senate.

But another GOP senator, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, told CBS News that if the House brought articles of impeachment against Trump, he would “definitely consider” such a measure.

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GOP Sen. Murkowski reverses course, says she will support Amy Coney Barrett’s SCOTUS confirmation

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) announced Saturday that she will vote for Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation after initially being opposed to voting on a nominee before Election Day.

“I have no doubt about her intellect. I have no doubt about Judge Barrett’s judicial temperament. I have no doubt about her capability to do the job,” Murkowski said on the Senate floor, The Hill reported.

“I have concluded that she is the sort of person we want on the Supreme Court,” she added.


Senators Meet With Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett

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However, the Alaska Republican said she will vote against cloture on Barrett’s nomination, which is scheduled to take place on Sunday, explaining that she believes Barrett’s confirmation vote should happen after Election Day.

“While I oppose the process that has led us to this point, I do not hold it against her as an individual who has navigated the gauntlet with grace, skill and humility. I will vote no on the procedural votes ahead of us, but yes to confirm Judge Barrett when the question before us is her qualification to be an associate justice,” Murkowski explained.

Murkowski was one of the final Republican Party votes that remained in limbo.

Murkowski, one of the Republican Party’s most moderate lawmakers, was the only Republican to oppose Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation in 2018.

According to The Hill, Murkowski’s “yes” vote means Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), whose Senate career is on life-support, will be the only Republican to oppose Barrett’s confirmation.

As TheBlaze reported, Murkowski initially opposed confirming a new Supreme Court justice prior to the election. However, she later backtracked, saying that she would, in fact, participate in such a vote.

The Senate is expected to vote on Barrett’s nomination sometime early next week. With the Republican majority, that means Barrett will become the newest Supreme Court justice within a matter of days.

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Sarah Palin calls out Lisa Murkowski for opposing Trump’s Supreme Court nominee: ‘I can see 2022 from my house’

Could Sarah Palin challenge Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) in the 2022 Alaska Republican Senate primary?

The former governor of Alaska and 2008 running mate with Republican presidential candidate John McCain said she “can see 2022 from my house” in a video calling out Murkowski for opposing President Donald Trump’s plan to nominate a new Supreme Court justice before the presidential election.

“Lisa Murkowski, this is my house,” Palin says in the video. “I’m willing to give it up for the greater good of this country.”

“If you can’t find it within yourself to do the right thing this time and at least give a fair shake to the Supreme Court nominee that your president will be bringing before you,” Palin continues.

She demands that Murkowski do “what the majority of Americans want you to do when you were sent to Washington, D.C.”

She urges Murkowski to “backtrack” her opposition to a Trump nominee.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Murkowski refused to commit to supporting a Republican-led effort to confirm a new justice.

“I know everybody wants to ask the question, ‘Will you confirm the nominee?'” Murkowski said. “We don’t have a nominee yet. You and I don’t know who that is. And so I can’t confirm whether or not I can confirm a nominee when I don’t know who the nominee is.”

She reaffirmed her position that she “would not support taking up a potential Supreme Court vacancy this close to the election.”

“Sadly, what was then a hypothetical is now our reality, but my position has not changed,” Murkowski said. “I did not support taking up a nomination eight months before the 2016 election to fill the vacancy created by the passing of Justice Scalia.”

“We are now even closer to the 2020 election — less than two months out — and I believe the same standard must apply,” she added.

Palin suggested Murkowski’s instance on waiting for the election indicates she hopes President Trump loses.

“You’d better backtrack … you know you’d already put yourself in this box saying no matter who it is you’re not going to support the person, not until you have the chance to appoint a judicial nominee under another president instead of this one?” Palin asked. “You’re hoping what, that this president doesn’t win?

“Otherwise you’d be cooperating with the president, really what it is is cooperating with the majority of Americans who know that it’s now or never for America.”

“So much hinges on the Supreme Court … you know why it’s so important and that’s why you’re thinking you’re going to go rogue,” Palin says. “There’s a time and a place to go rogue, this isn’t the time. This isn’t the place.”

Palin ends the video with a possible threat to challenge Murkowski when her term ends in 2022.

“We sure hope that you have it within you have it within you to do the right thing this time. So you should walk back, we’ll forgive you,” Palin says. “If you can’t do that, remember my house? I can see a lot of things from my house.

“Lisa, I can see 2022 from my house.”

This is not the first time Palin has threatened to challenge Murkowski. In 2018, when Murkowski opposed the Supreme Court nomination of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Palin tweeted “Hey @LisaMurkowski – I can see 2022 from my house …”

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GOP Sen. Murkowski already backtracks after initially saying she won’t support SCOTUS confirmation

As President Donald Trump prepares to announce his nomination to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, Senate Republicans are shoring up their numbers to ensure the nominee is confirmed prior to the election.

Now, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who originally said she would not vote to confirm a new justice before the election on Nov. 3, is already seemingly backtracking.

What did Murkowski say before?

In a statement over the weekend, Murkowski explained that she did not support filling the high court vacancy in an election year four years ago — and she does not support doing so now.

For weeks, I have stated I would not support taking up a potential Supreme Court vacancy this close to the election. Sadly, what was then hypothetical is now our reality, but my position has not changed. I did not support taking up a nomination before the 2016 election to fill the vacancy created by the passing of Justice Scalia, we are now even closer to the 2020 election — less than two months out and I believe the same standard must apply.

Murkowski’s statement came one day after Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who is fighting to keep her Senate seat, said she believes the winner of the election should decide who fills the Supreme Court vacancy.

Murkowski and Collins are two of the most moderate Senate Republicans.

What is Murkowski saying now?

Despite her comments just two days prior, Murkowski suggested Tuesday that she may vote to confirm whomever Trump nominates.

“I know everybody wants to ask the question, ‘Will you confirm the nominee?’ We don’t have a nominee yet. You and I don’t know who that is. And so I can’t confirm whether or not I can confirm a nominee when I don’t know who the nominee is,” she said, Alaska Public Media reported.

However, Murkowski reiterated her opposition to confirming a new Supreme Court justice so close to the election — but again implied the timetable will not make a difference in how she votes.

“I do not support this process moving forward,” she said. “Now, having said that, this process is moving forward with or without me.

“If I had felt that there was a rush to move this through because you’re up against a deadline that is hard and fast, like an election, and that a nominee had not been thoroughly and fairly evaluated through our process, then I’m going to have to look at that,” she added.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed Monday that he has enough support to confirm Trump’s nominee.

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Lisa Murkowski says she won’t vote on a justice to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the election: ‘Fair is fair’

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death was barely announced before speculation began to run rampant on the internet about whether Republicans will attempt to confirm a nominee to replace her prior to the 2020 election.

The speculation is perhaps understandable. Most polls show President Donald Trump trailing Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in the general election, and a number of Republican senators in swing states are also trailing their Democratic opponents, meaning that Democrats believe that waiting until after the election will substantially increase the chances that a justice more to their liking will end up taking Ginsburg’s place on the Supreme Court.

Republicans currently control 53 seats in the United States Senate, so they theoretically could force a nominee through before the election. In light of all this, some senators who are considered likely swing votes have already been approached by the media and asked if they plan to allow a vote on a replacement for Ginsburg.

One Republican senator, Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski, has already indicated that she will not support such a vote.

Murkowski’s remark that “fair is fair” is presumably a reference to the fact that Republican senators did not allow a hearing for former President Barack Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland in 2016 during an election year.

Murkowski’s position does not come as a surprise. Murkowski was asked about the possibility in August, back when it was merely a hypothetical, and she said then that she would not support such an attempt.

Maine Senator Susan Collins (R) also indicated some weeks ago that she would not support seating a replacement justice in October.

If both ssenators hold true to their positions, and no Democrats defect, that would mean that even two more Republican defections would doom any attempt to confirm a replacement for Ginsburg on the Supreme Court before the election.

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President Trump says he’ll endorse anyone with ‘a pulse’ against GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski

President Donald Trump vowed Thursday to campaign for anyone with “a pulse” against Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, after the lawmaker from Alaska told the press she could not commit to voting for Trump in November.

What are the details?

“Few people know where they’ll be in two years from now, but I do,” President Trump tweeted. “In the Great State of Alaska (which I love) campaigning against Senator Lisa Murkowski. She voted against HealthCare, Justice Kavanaugh, and much else…”

He added, “Unrelated, I gave Alaska ANWR, major highways, and more. Get any candidate ready, good or bad, I don’t care, I’m endorsing. If you have a pulse, I’m with you!”

The day before, the president lashed out at his former secretary of defense, Jim Mattis, after the retired general criticized President Trump over his leadership. Mattis accused Trump in a statement to The Atlantic of making “a mockery of our Constitution.” The president fired back over Twitter that Mattis was “the world’s most overrated general,” and that he was “glad [Mattis] is gone.”

In response to Mattis’ comments, Murkowski told congressional reporters on Thursday, “I was really thankful. I thought General Mattis’ words were true and honest and necessary and overdue and I have been struggling for the right words.”

She continued, “I was encouraged a couple of nights ago when I was able to read what President Bush had written and I found that to be empowering for me as one leader, but then when I saw General Mattis’ comments yesterday, I felt like perhaps we’re getting to the point where we can be more honest with the concerns that we might hold internally, and have the courage of our own convictions to speak up. And so, I’m working as one individual to form the right words, knowing that these words really matter.”

The Hill reported that when Murkwoski was asked whether she would vote for President Trump in 2020, she replied, “I am struggling with it. I have struggled with it for a long time.” She acknowledged that Trump is “our duly elected president,” and added that she would “continue to work with him” and “with his administration.”

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