GOP Lawmakers Think Some Dem Sens Will Vote To Acquit Trump
There are 232 Democrats in the House of Representatives and there was an almost completely uniform vote on Donald Trump’s impeachment. One member, Jeff Van Drew, left the party over impeachment. That left only one Democrat, Minnesota’s Collin Peterson, who voted against the articles.
Trump will not need any Democratic support during his impeachment trial in the Senate, as the GOP has the majority. That being said, a number of Republican lawmakers think that some Democrats will break from their party and vote to acquit the President.
When asked if there could be Democrats who break from the party, David Perdue of Georgia said, “I think we might have a couple. I don’t want to speculate on who — obviously that puts too much pressure on them — but I really think we have people on both sides that are trying to get to a reasonable, nonpartisan answer.”
Mitch McConnell agreed with Perdue, saying, “It wouldn’t surprise me if we got one or two Democrats. It looks to me over in the House, the Republicans seem to be solid and the Democrats seem to be divided.”
Some Democrats the GOP may hope for an acquittal vote from include West Virginia’s Joe Manchin, Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema and Alabama’s Doug Jones.
Jones said of the upcoming trial, “As a juror sworn to do impartial justice, I believe I should reserve judgment and let the process unfold without political interference — and I strongly encourage my colleagues to do the same.”
There are also some Republicans that Democrats hope could vote to remove Trump. This list includes Maine’s Susan Collins, Utah’s Mitt Romney and Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski.