Murkowski warns against rushing to conclusions on Trump impeachment

Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiOVERNIGHT ENERGY:  House passes sweeping clean energy bill | Pebble Mine CEO resigns over secretly recorded comments about government officials  | Corporations roll out climate goals amid growing pressure to deliver The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump previews SCOTUS nominee as 'totally brilliant' Abortion stirs GOP tensions in Supreme Court fight MORE (R-Alaska) said she is troubled that some have already made a decision on whether President TrumpDonald John TrumpSteele Dossier sub-source was subject of FBI counterintelligence probe Pelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' Trump 'no longer angry' at Romney because of Supreme Court stance MORE should be impeached over his actions toward Ukraine.
 
Murkowski, speaking at a recent health care event in Alaska, said she finds the impeachment fight that has engulfed the country to be "troubling." 
 
"What I find equally troubling is that even before there has been any considered review, that people have decided." Murkowski said. "There is either 'absolutely, you must get rid of him tomorrow' viewpoint or 'he must stay in and no questions asked.'"
 
 
Murkowski added that she wants to follow a "process" and gather "facts on the ground," including making sure she isn't making decisions based on her party controlling the White House.
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"I'm also trying to think to myself, if this set of facts were to be in front of me and the president was President Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFox News poll: Biden ahead of Trump in Nevada, Pennsylvania and Ohio Trump, Biden court Black business owners in final election sprint The power of incumbency: How Trump is using the Oval Office to win reelection MORE as opposed to President Donald Trump, would I be viewing this in a different way? Because if I do, that's wrong. I shouldn't view whether what is right and what is wrong based on the political affiliation of the individual that we are considering," she said. 
 
Murkowski's comments come as House Democrats are at the start of an impeachment inquiry centered on Trump's dealings with Ukraine.
 
Democrats have blasted Trump for asking the Ukrainian government to work with his personal lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiThe Hill's Campaign Report: GOP set to ask SCOTUS to limit mail-in voting CIA found Putin 'probably directing' campaign against Biden: report Democrats fear Russia interference could spoil bid to retake Senate MORE to investigate former Vice President Biden and the Democratic presidential candidate's son Hunter Biden, and they are also probing allegations that the president tried to withhold aid to Ukraine in an effort to get Kiev to launch such a probe.
 
Murkowski told reporters late last month that she found Trump's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, during which Trump urged Zelensky to "look into" the Bidens, to be "very concerning."
 
Murkowski, part of a dwindling number of moderate senators, has been reserved about weighing in on the impeachment inquiry led by House Democrats.
 
"In terms of the formal impeachment inquiry — that lies in the House of Representatives. Right now the Senate doesn’t have a part in this until the House reviews and they act. Until the point the Senate has a role in this, Senator Murkowski will wait to see the process play out in the House," a spokesperson for Murkowski told an Alaska TV station.
 
But her stance puts her at odds with some of her GOP colleagues.