House Republican whip Steve Scalise attempted a defense of Trump´s repeated demands for a Senate appearance from the whistleblower - purportedly an intelligence analyst who said Trump linked United States aid to Ukraine to his demand for the Biden investigation.
Murkowski, who remains a wild card in a potential Senate trial, has been tight-lipped on the effort.
Notably, his tweets also argued that there would be "no legal basis" for his being called to testify - an argument in legalese that the White House has also made in its refusal to cooperate with impeachment proceedings. After nearly three years of floating allegations, they have finally let their hatred of Trump overcome their judgment and voted for a pair of impeachment articles that meet the smell test only for the most highly partisan Democrats. The former vice president went on to note that the main point he wants to make clear is that "this impeachment is about Trump's conduct, not mine".
"We have to take that step back from being hand in glove with the defense", Murkowski told KTUU.
Republican Senator John Kennedy, a frequent defender of President Donald Trump, said on Sunday there were no real rules for how the U.S. Senate should run its impeachment trial and that the chamber could choose to hear witnesses and evidence.
On 18 December, after months of deliberations, the Democratic-dominated House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
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But Van Hollen, who heads the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, warned that any Senate trial that barred both sides from calling witnesses or providing new documents would amount to a "sham" and a "rigged trial". When asked if he would challenge a subpoena in court if he felt he didn't have relevant facts to bring to the investigation, Biden replied, "I don't think that's going to happen to begin with".
"For me to prejudge and say 'there's nothing there, ' or on the other hand, 'he should be impeached yesterday, ' that's wrong, in my view, that's wrong", she said.
Following the impeachment vote, Pelosi told reporters on several occasions that she would hold off sending the articles until the Senate unveils how it will proceed with the trial.
"Look, the grounds for them to call me would be overwhelmingly specious".
In her remarks to ABC, she defended her vote as prioritizing principle over political expediency. Twitter didn't immediately respond to a Bloomberg News request for comment.