'Anyone surprised? Anyone?': Murkowski buried for 'no' vote on witnesses despite Cipollone Ukraine complicity
Lisa Murkowski _ PBS screenshot

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.

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