Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski said she believes that Trump committed an impeachable offense and it would be “appropriate” to block him from ever holding office again in the future.
“I believe that this president has committed an impeachable offense through his words on the 6th of January, and leading up to the 6th of January, when he was not honest to the American people about the election and the election results,” Murkowski told Alaska News Source.
However, she did not say whether she would vote to convict him.
“I will do what I am required and entrusted to do as a senator, as effectively listening to that trial and that proceeding, and I will make that determination at that time,” she said.
She added that blocking Trump from holding federal office again would be “one of the most consequential actions that we could take” and would be “appropriate … given what we have seen from his actions and his failure to uphold the Constitution.”
It would take a two-thirds majority in the Senate to convict Trump. If convicted, the Senate will decide further actions which could be removal from power or more likely in Trump’s case, a permanent ban from ever seeking office again in the future, which would require a simple majority vote.
Under the Constitution, “judgment in cases of impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust or profit under the United States.”