Lisa Murkowski told her fellow senators that President Trump’s conduct in the Ukrainian affair that led to his impeachment was far from perfect. “The president’s behavior was shameful and wrong,” said the Alaska Republican. “His personal interests do not take precedence over those of this great nation.”

Yet, she added, she would not vote to oust Trump from office. “The president’s name is on ballots that have already been cast,” Murkowski noted. “The voters will pronounce a verdict in nine months, and we must trust their judgment.”

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