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WSJ's Jason Riley: Murkowski Using "Democratic Talking Points" On Trump Impeachment Trial

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Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Riley criticized GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) for saying she was "disturbed" by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's impeachment trial strategy.

JASON RILEY, WALL STREET JOURNAL: We know how it played out in the House. They were not able to peel off Republicans, even Republicans that were retiring like James Sensenbrenner and Will Hurd. They had nothing to lose. The Democrats were unable to peel them off.

Murkowski is not up for election. She is quirky. She does have an independent streak. We saw that in the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, we saw it in the Obamacare repeal vote. I do wish she would stop using Democratic talking points to make the argument that she is making. I mean, the fact of the matter here is that the House's job is done and this idea that they should have any say in how the Senate conducts this trial just is not supported by what is written in black-and-white in the Constitution.

The idea that Mitch McConnell isn't going to be bipartisan enough or objective enough, that is not his job. I expect him to be as bipartisan as Nancy Pelosi was and as Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler were. The job of being objective lies with Chief Justice Roberts, who will be overseeing the Senate trial. Mitch McConnell is a Republican leader in the Senate and I expect him to act like it.



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