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The House Democrats’ handling of the Trump impeachment to date may be turning off Republicans — notably, those seen as possible defectors in a final vote.

First signs of a backlash among that critical group came Wednesday when Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, a moderate member of the conference, said she was offended by House manager Rep. Jerrold Nadler’s assertion that GOP members voting against allowing new testimony and evidence were engaged in a “cover-up.”

“I took it as offensive,” she told reporters Wednesday. “As one who is listening attentively and working hard to get to a fair process, I was offended.”

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Nadler’s opening statement, which led to U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts admonishing those in the chamber, accused Republican senators of “voting for a cover-up, voting to deny witnesses, an absolutely indefensible vote, obviously a treacherous vote.”

Murkowski’s complaint about Nadler’s remarks is particularly noteworthy, as she is among the small group of Republican senators seen as a possible swing vote on impeachment and a possible supporter of allowing more witness testimony later on in the trial.

But Murkowski is not alone—Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., on Wednesday said Democrats “took a huge step backward” in their opening.

“I mean, that’s an extraordinary thing to say on the floor of the United States Senate, the middle of the trial, and that’s what drew the rebuke and rightly so,” Hawley told reporters. “I can tell you, there was an open, open gasping on the Senate floor when Nadler was saying these things. I mean, it’s really, really extraordinary.”

He added: “If the goal was to persuade, they took a huge step backward last night.



  1. Not surprising that Nadler used Dem. tactic of blame & shame. Why not they have been doing it to President Trump & anyone who thinks/does support him. That is why I thought that Tusli Gabbard just didn’t hit her mark with me on sympathy. She wants to sue Hillary for all the horrible false comments against her about being a Russia asset.

    Did not hear her once condemn any Dem. EVERYTIME they said the American People who support Trump are traitors along with filthy name calling like calling us Nazis. Only when it goes against her did she come out and condemn such crap. Hope she wins of course, because no one deserves a 50 million lawsuit to go against them, but I sure don’t feel sorry for her one bit that she was attacked.

    All I can say to that is, “NOW you know how millions of American voters feel like!”
    To bad she fights for herself but ignores as some of her constituents (who have changed their minds for 2020 because of lies & corruption) & other voters get bullied & lied about.

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