In what might be the one of the worst cases of political bad timing in U.S. Senate history, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced she would vote with her party and against impeachment witnesses in the trial of Donald Trump just moments after the New York Times implicated White House counsel Pat Cipollone in the president's Ukraine scandal.
Murkowski's decision to help shut down the trial in the GOP-majority Senate as quickly as possible kept Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) from having three GOP lawmakers (the other two are Utah's Mitt Romney and Maine's Susan Collins) call for witnesses.
Murkowski was quickly buried on Twitter for stringing the public along overnight when it was anticipated that she would not break ranks.
You can see some responses below:
Murkowski spokeswoman confirms she will vote “NO” on witnesses, statement coming shortly. https://t.co/cWGKEey8N4— Seung Min Kim (@Seung Min Kim)1580494536.0
.@lisamurkowski has “come to the conclusion ...there will be no fair trial in the Senate.” Her NO vote only means s… https://t.co/RK3pAuFrCP— Laurence Tribe (@Laurence Tribe)1580495733.0
@CBSNews Well hello traitor— J (@J)1580495699.0
@seungminkim We knew this when Susan Collins said she was a yes vote. Susan Collins never votes against republicans… https://t.co/6xBXvymMfp— Fiona Swan (@Fiona Swan)1580494716.0
@seungminkim Anyone surprised? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?— 🇨🇦 RubyTuesday 🇨🇦 (@🇨🇦 RubyTuesday 🇨🇦)1580494586.0
The Murkowski vote is largely, I think, about maintaining the myth of Roberts' neutrality. Him casting a deciding v… https://t.co/WsSrtD6MLa— Chris Hayes (@Chris Hayes)1580495570.0
@CBSNews Murkowski announced her decision at a senate lunch and her GOP colleagues cheered wildly liked crazed fans… https://t.co/Kso6dF2BEP— Harlow (@Harlow)1580495716.0
This, from @lisamurkowski, is just deeply pathetic, and I suspect she knows it. It becomes hard to have a democrac… https://t.co/yK5qAlwT1N— Greg Sargent (@Greg Sargent)1580495730.0
@CBSNews have fun losing your election— Nick (@Nick)1580495970.0
@seungminkim Pathetic.— Alyssa Jules (@Alyssa Jules)1580494814.0
@CBSNews https://t.co/8JvK1AoSqt— Bill “Mask Up!” Wierenga (@Bill “Mask Up!” Wierenga)1580495677.0