Manchin and Murkowski relish political theater spotlight, propose alternate punishment for Trump and
Screen captures … Senators Lisa Murkowski and Joe Manchin … Credit: ABC

Two-faced Senators Joe Manchin (D) and Lisa Murkowski (R) blasted President Trump but signaled Monday that they were not going to be among those who vote to convict him in the Senate’s impeachment trial. Manchin instead proposed that Trump be censured.

The two Senators managed to hedge their political positions, providing sound bytes that indicate disdain for the president while also communicating they likely would not go down in the column of coup-plotting Democrats in Wednesday’s impeachment vote.

Manchin said on Monday that he will not disclose what his vote will be on Wednesday but that he recognized “removing the president would add to the toxicity of the political climate.”

Voting to convict and remove Trump would “further divide our deeply divided nation” as well as “further poison our already poisonous political atmosphere,” Manchin said. On the Senate floor, the West Virginia Democrat stated, “I must be realistic: I see no path to the 67 votes required to impeach President Trump and haven’t since this trial started. However, I do believe a bipartisan majority of this body would vote to censure President Trump for his actions.”

“His behavior cannot go unchecked by the Senate, and censure would allow a bipartisan statement condemning his unacceptable behavior in the strongest terms,” Manchin added.

Manchin’s proposed resolution to censure Trump claims the president used his authority to “attempt to compel a foreign nation to interfere with domestic political affairs for his own personal benefit” and that he “wrongfully enlisted his personal lawyer to investigate a domestic political rival by meddling in formal diplomatic relations.”

Manchin’s resolution also charges that Trump “hindered the thorough investigation of related documents and prohibited Congress and the American people from hearing testimony by firsthand witnesses with direct knowledge of his conduct.”

It’s highly questionable that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will allow a censure resolution vote to come to the floor.

On the other side of the aisle, RINO Sen. Murkowski said clearly that she will not vote to convict Trump.

“I cannot vote to convict,” she said. “The Constitution provides for impeachment but does not demand it in all instances.”

“The response to the president’s behavior is not to disenfranchise nearly 63 million Americans and remove him from the ballot,” she added. “The House could have pursued censure and not immediately jumped to the remedy of last resort.”

The Senator from Alaska did indicate, however, that she was a Schiff believer. “The president’s behavior was shameful and wrong. His personal interests do not take precedence over those of this great nation,” she said. “Degrading the office by actions or even name-calling weakens it for future presidents and it weakens our country.”

Someone ought to tell these ambiguous, professional politicians that the most dangerous place to be is in no man’s land between two warring parties.


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