The Democrat-controlled House passed both articles — obstruction of Congress and abuse of power — against President Donald Trump almost a month ago after carrying out the most partisan witch hunt in modern American history.
After stalling for almost a month, Pelosi finally caved this week and sent both articles to the GOP-controlled Senate.
Finally, the president will get a fair trial in the Republican-controlled Senate — or will he?
A new report reveals that the tide may turn soon after 4 Senate Republicans could give Democrats more power.
In the Senate, Democrats want to drag new witnesses in to testify, mainly cherry-picked witnesses who they hope will throw Trump under the bus.
This won’t prove a thing, but it will drag out this impeachment trial for longer than they should.
And all eyes are on four Senate Republicans who are reportedly “strongly” considering joining Democrats to force new witnesses in the Senate trial:
- Susan Collins of Maine
- Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
- Mitt Romney of Utah
- Lamar Alexander of Tennessee
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said that’s his preference as well, but it may be up to his Republican colleagues, Senators Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Mitt Romney and Lamar Alexander.
All four have said they’re open to hearing new testimony.
Together they have the power to join with Democrats on key questions like whether to subpoena former National Security Adviser John Bolton, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and a trove of documents sought by the House but blocked by the president.
Why is this a big deal?
Republicans control a 53-47 majority in the upper chamber.
To impeach Trump in the Senate, 67 Senators would need to vote in favor of removing the president. That means all 47 Democrats and 20 Republicans would need to vote in favor of it.
That’s never going to happen — even Democrats know that.
Democrats are targeting these 4 Never-Trumpers in the Senate because they are trying to delay and draw out the impeachment trial as long as possible to hurt the president politically going into the election.
The group isn’t big enough to threaten Trump’s presidency — but if enough peel off, they could provide Democrats with the 51 votes needed for key wins, such as to compel witnesses, demand documents, and push through other procedural motions Democrats may seek during a trial.
Republicans only control 53 Senate seats, meaning just 3 Republicans voting with Democrats could have a major impact.
And there are already 4 Never-Trump lawmakers who have signaled they may vote with Democrats to drag out the bogus impeachment hearings.
These senators are considered “moderate,” meaning they aren’t completely behind the president and his agenda.
People worried that these 4 Republicans will try to appease Democrats to seem “fair,” but everyone knows this will only give liberals more time to stall, drag this out, and use more time to smear the president.
We want a quick trial that clears Trump’s name — that is it. If these Republicans waver, there will be hell to pay come November.