Murkowski says she is not considering joining Democratic caucus

Republican Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiWashington Post denounces abuse of reporter Grassley to vote against Tanden nomination Mean tweets may take down Biden nominee MORE (Alaska) responded “absolutely, unequivocally not” when asked if she was "considering joining the Democratic majority."

No. No. Absolutely, unequivocally not,” Murkowski replied in response to a question from Liz Ruskin, an Alaska public radio reporter, amid speculation about the GOP senator's affiliation with the Republican Party.


Speculation about Murkowski possibly leaving the GOP began after she said that “if the Republican Party has become nothing more than the party of [President] Trump, I sincerely question whether this is the party for me.”

Murkowski is the first Republican senator who has called on Trump to resign following the Capitol attacks on Wednesday, when the president called the rioters “special” and continued to push his claims of election fraud.

Sen. Ben SasseBen SasseOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Key vote for Haaland's confirmation | Update on oil and gas leasing | SEC update on climate-related risk disclosure requirements Josh Hawley is a conservative without a clue Republican Party going off the rails? MORE (R-Neb.) has signaled that he might support impeachment if it makes it through the House and depending on why the National Guard was not deployed during the riot.

This isn’t the first time Murkowski has gone against her fellow Republican colleagues. The most notable time Murkowski bucked the GOP and Trump was during the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughThe Jan. 6 case for ending the Senate filibuster Laurence Tribe: Justice Thomas is out of order on 2020 election LIVE COVERAGE: Senate set to consider Garland for AG MORE, when she simply voted "present."

Trump has previously threatened to support Murkowski’s primary challenger when she is up for reelection in 2022. Murkowski has been in the Senate since 2002.

There are mounting calls from people on both sides of the aisle for Trump’s removal from office; however, Vice President Pence has reportedly indicated he does not support using the 25th Amendment to remove Trump.