House Speaker Nancy Pelosi finally caved this week and sent both articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the GOP-controlled Senate.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is already trying to bring endless witnesses and stall the trail as long as possible to give the Left a do-over after their circus in the House.
And, to the shock of many, at least 4 moderate Republicans have voiced their support for Schumer’s plan — and Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul is not happy about it.
Paul has had enough and gave a bold warning to his Senate colleagues: support President Trump or you’ll face the consequences in 2020.
As noted by Biz Pac Review, Paul did not mince his words while speaking on the Senate floor:
“What I keep trying to convince my colleagues, particularly the ones that might vote to allow the witnesses that the Democrats want to call, is that if they do that and they don’t vote to allow the president to bring his witnesses in, I think the Republican base and Trump supporters are going to be very, very unhappy with them,” Paul said.
“I think it will have electoral consequences — which is sort of my way of saying that maybe they should reconsider having any witnesses at all,” he added. “My hope is some will reconsider and we will just be done with one vote.”
“I also think there will be a political price to pay for this, even for Republicans running in purple states, there are strong pro-Trump presences in every purple state,” he said.
The Senate impeachment trial is scheduled to begin next week, and Democrats are already trying their best to bring cherry-picked witnesses who they hope will throw Trump under the bus.
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
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.
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.
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.