When Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced this week that the House would begin a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, many weren’t surprised that Democrats were taking this extreme action.
Most Americans likely thought the same thing — Democrats may pass it in the House of Representatives, but it will fail in the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate.
But according to one Republican insider, there may be as many as 30 Republican lawmaker who secretly support impeaching the president.
GOP consultant Mike Murphy said Wednesday that a Republican senator told him that 30 Republican senators would vote to impeach Trump if the vote were secret.
“The politics of it will get worse and worse for Trump,” Murphy said.
“These Senate Republicans, should the Democrats vote impeachment, which is far more likely than not, are going to be pinned down to a yes/no answer,” Murphy, who previously advised Republican politicians including Mitt Romney, John McCain and Jeb Bush, said in an interview with MSNBC.
“The politics of it will get worse and worse for Trump,” the Republican political consultant, who has long been critical of Trump, said.
“One Republican senator told me if it was a secret vote count, 30 Republican senators would vote to impeach Trump,” he claimed.
Murphy claims that Republicans privately support impeachment, but many won’t admit that in public because they are afraid of being voted out of office.
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Murphy published an op-ed in The Washington Post on Tuesday and urged lawmakers to pursue Trump’s impeachment following a whistleblower complaint regarding a phone call Trump had with the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky back in July.
“The new sins are too big and too obvious,” Murphy wrote. “Our entire national political debate is now centered squarely upon Trump and his fitness for office. It is a time for clarity, no matter what the cost.”
Democrats and the media have been going ballistic over Trump’s call with Zelensky, where the so-called “whistleblower” alleges potential illegal actions took place.
On this call, Trump reportedly asked the Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, over shady business dealings with a Ukrainian gas company.
This week, the White House released a 5-page transcript of the call, which does not mention anything about “quid pro quo” or the U.S. withholding aid to Ukraine if they did not investigate Biden.
The Department of Justice also announced on Tuesday evening that it opted not to investigate Trump over the phone call.
The Office of Intelligence Community Inspector General found that the “whistleblower” had a “political bias” in favor of one of Trump’s rivals in the 2020 presidential election.
And, adding even more fuel to the fire, the whistleblower who filed the complaint did not even hear the phone call between Trump and the Ukrainian president.
In other words, the whistleblower filed a complaint about a call that they never heard, and Democrats want Trump impeached over a call that they also never heard.
One Republican has already publicly announced they support congressional Democrats’ impeachment inquiry against Trump.