“No,” Alexander stated when requested if Murkowski tipped her hand. “She didn’t.”
The fast-moving occasions remoted Murkowski. Democrats’ hope of securing witnesses appeared doomed, however the optics of what was to comply with nonetheless mattered. Now she was both going to offer the Republicans a transparent majority towards witnesses or a tied vote that may fail except Chief Justice John Roberts took the unlikely step of breaking the tie. She instructed reporters she would go residence, put some eyedrops in and proceed to pore over paperwork.
Murkowski had met with McConnell privately earlier within the week, partly to collect herself for the Senate’s question-and-answer interval. Throughout these marathon periods, she aligned herself with completely different factions of the occasion, leaving Republicans and Democrats alike guessing as to her stance.
On Friday morning the curiosity in Murkowski was overwhelming. CNN fastened a digicam on the hallways exterior her workplace in case she would emerge and break the information. When Murkowski left her workplace, she dipped out the again, ran into E&E reporter Geof Koss and gave him the information: She was a ‘no’ and Roberts wouldn’t have to interrupt the tie.
The second confirmed what GOP leaders had been projecting all week: The witness vote would fail, and Trump can be acquitted by a Senate that by no means heard from former nationwide safety adviser John Bolton, at the same time as new revelations in a forthcoming guide rattled Washington.
“I’ve all the time believed there wouldn’t be votes…