When Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced last week that the House would announce articles of impeachment against 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 a new report reveals that if the Democrat-controlled House votes to impeach Trump, there may be far more Senate Republicans who vote to remove the president.
The Hill’s Alexander Bolton revealed this week at least three Senate Republicans who may vote to convict the president:
- Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
- Susan Collins of Maine
- Mitt Romney of Utah
How does Bolton know this?
He writes that Connecticut Democrat Sen. Chris Murphy revealed last week that a “handful” of Senate Republican colleagues have privately told him they would consider voting to remove Trump from office.
Murphy conceded “it’s a small list, on one hand,” but Democrats would consider it a major victory if they could tout a bipartisan vote in the Senate to remove Trump from office in an election year.
Bolton went on to note that all three aforementioned Republicans have refused to publicly state whether they would vote for or against impeachment in a Senate trial.
Collins, widely considered to be one of the GOP’s most liberal senators, has refused to throw any support behind Trump.
“I’m definitely reading materials,” Collins told reporters in November. “I’ve started reviewing the transcripts. My staff is doing summaries of some of the witnesses. I’ve asked them to compile each day the major moments in the hearings in the House.”
Romney, who has long been a bitter critic of the president, has also refused to reveal where he stands.
A former Romney campaign insider told The Hill that he is skeptical Romney will ultimately vote to convict.
“My guess is that Sen. Romney, although he’s going to be really troubled by this, is going to come to the conclusion the country’s interests are not served by removing Donald Trump from office,” Romney’s 2012 campaign adviser, Vin Weber, told Bolton.
Murkowski, who also has a more liberal track record, may also vote to convict Trump.
So, does any of this even matter?
Assuming Democrats do impeach Trump in the House, it’s pretty much guaranteed that it will fail given Republicans control a 53-47 majority in the Senate.
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.
Spoiler: that’s never going to happen.
There may be a few Never-Trumpers in the Senate, but there’s nowhere close to 20 who would turn their back on Trump and vote to impeach him from office.
Americans are tired of Democrats endless witch hunts and attempts to remove the duly elected president of the United States for no reason.
Their soft “coup” has united the Republican Party like never before — and Trump will win.
So go ahead, Democrats — impeach him. See what happens.