Sen. Kennedy: Senate impeachment trial should maintain “level playing field”

Republican Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) just joined Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) in voicing his concerns about Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) plans to dismiss impeachment.

Like Murkowski, Kennedy shocked Senate GOP leaders by admitting that he wasn’t so sure about the strategy, stating that “I don’t want [the public] saying, ‘Well, we were run over by the same truck twice.'”

“I want people to think it was a level playing field,” the Louisiana senator continued. “I would start by giving each side a good amount of time to present their case.”

Kennedy’s concerns echo those of Sen. Murkowski’s, who said last week that she was “disturbed” by McConnell’s announcement that he would be in “total coordination” with the White House throughout the Senate impeachment process.

Kennedy went on to point out that there are “no rules” to a Senate impeachment trial, and thus said that both McConnell and Murkowski are “entitled to their opinion and approach.”

Comments such as these are what led Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) to announce that he believes that a handful of Senate Republicans are contemplating breaking ranks with Senate leaders McConnell and Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

Blumenthal remarked on Thursday, “I’ve talked to anywhere from five to 10 of my colleagues who have very severe misgivings about the direction that Mitch McConnell is going in denying a full, fair proceeding with witnesses and documents.”

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