Since Nancy Pelosi announced the Congress would pursue an impeachment inquiry, lawmakers have largely fallen behind partisan lines. While Republican senators like Mitt Romney and Ben Sasse have been troubled and urged restraint, no GOP member has come out in favor of impeachment.
Democrats are hoping that position will change. While impeachment could pass through the house with only liberal support, the same isn’t true in the senate. While speaking with MSNBC’s Ali Velshi, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker said he has faith that some Republicans will change their minds.
Booker, who is also running for the Democratic presidential nomination, likened Trump’s situation to that of Richard Nixon. Nixon resigned from his office once it became clear that Republicans were willing to vote against him.
The New Jersey senator told Velshi, “And I think that we are just on the foothills of a mountain of evidence that will come out in the coming days and weeks, and I have faith at the end of the day, knowing a lot of my colleagues like I do, that some of them will have the courage to stand up and do the right thing at the right time.”
Booker wasn’t the only Democratic lawmaker hoping that Republicans will come over to their side. Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas said, “You have 32 percent, a third of Republicans out there, that say they could support some sort of impeachment if these are the facts. I believe that’s going to grow, just like it grew during the Watergate era.”
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