Murkowski warns against rushing to conclusions on Trump impeachment

 
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 ClintonDemocratic debates are magnet for lobbyists NYT editorial board endorses Warren, Klobuchar for Democratic nomination for president Sanders v. Warren is just for insiders 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 GiulianiParnas attorney asks William Barr to recuse himself from investigation Poll: 51 percent of Americans say Senate should convict and remove Trump Hypocrisy is the currency of the realm for GOP in the age of Trump 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.
 
Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonTrump lawyers urge senators to swiftly acquit Trump in impeachment trial Hillicon Valley: Barr asks Apple to unlock Pensacola shooter's phone | Tech industry rallies behind Google in Supreme Court fight | Congress struggles to set rules for cyber warfare with Iran | Blog site Boing Boing hacked Congress struggles on rules for cyber warfare with Iran MORE (R-Wis.) called a partial transcript of the Ukraine call a "nothing burger," while Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamWhite House appoints GOP House members to advise Trump's impeachment team Hypocrisy is the currency of the realm for GOP in the age of Trump Lawmakers push back at Pentagon's possible Africa drawdown MORE (R-S.C.) told reporters, "I'm the jury—not guilty. Don't waste your time." 
 
 
"Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWhite House appoints GOP House members to advise Trump's impeachment team House revives agenda after impeachment storm Democrats worry a speedy impeachment trial will shut out public MORE's in the clutches of a left wing mob. They finally convinced her to impeach the president. All of you know your Constitution, the way that impeachment stops is a Senate majority with me as majority leader," McConnell says in the Facebook ad.