As Democrats’ impeachment hopes to get 67 votes to convict and oust President Donald Trump from office continue to fade, Republicans are anticipating a bipartisan acquittal in his Senate impeachment trial … with victory appearing imminent as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) continues to stall.
“Senate Republicans think they’ll be able to pick up one or two Democrats on the final votes for each impeachment article,” The Hill reported. “That would let them tout Trump’s acquittal as bipartisan – an angle they’ve already seized on when talking about the two House votes, in which a handful of Democrats crossed the aisle to join Republicans in opposing impeachment.”
Acquittal from both sides of the aisle?
A confident Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) envisions at least a couple votes from Democrats against a Trump impeachment … he just doesn’t know who.
“I think we might have a couple,” Perdue ventured, according to The Hill. “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.”
Positive that no GOP senators would break ranks to convict the president, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) expects a number of Democrats to acquit Trump.
“It wouldn't surprise me if we got one or two Democrats,” McConnell expressed in a recent interview with Fox News. “It looks to me over in the House, the Republicans seem to be solid and the Democrats seem to be divided.”
Without saying names, 3rd-ranking GOP Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) thought it was common knowledge who would break ranks for the impeaching party.
“There are a couple of Democrats who are thinking about that – and you know who they are,” Barrasso insisted, as noted by The Hill.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) predicted a bipartisan Senate acquittal when asked, as well.
“Probably – I think he will get every Republican’s vote for acquittal, and I think he will pick up some Democratic votes for acquittal,” he told Fox News earlier in the week.
Turncoats or just not succumbing to pressure?
The two senators most likely to break party lines and not vote to convict Trump in the Senate impeachment trial are Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Doug Jones (D-Ala.), with the former seeing eye-to-eye with the president on most issues.
“Manchin – who was once considered for a Cabinet position in the Trump administration – comes from a deeply red state where Trump won in 2016 by roughly 42 percentage points,” The Hill pointed out. “According to polling data website FiveThirtyEight, Manchin votes with Trump 53.1 percent of the time – the most of any Democratic senator currently in office.He won reelection last year and has had high-profile breaks with his party, including being one of three Democrats to support Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch in 2017 and the only Democrat to support Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s successful nomination last year.”
Jones also comes from a predominantly Republican state – where 28% more voters chose Trump in 2016 – and he is on very shaky ground with his reelection bid coming up next year.
“Jones won his Senate seat in a December 2017 special election, where he ran against [and beat beleaguered] GOP nominee Roy Moore, [but] he has taken a different tack than Manchin since joining the Senate, opposing Kavanaugh and voting with Trump 34.5 percent of the time, according to FiveThirtyEight,” the report added. “His first Senate speech in 2018 was on the need for tighter gun control – a headline-grabbing move … given his state’s deep-red leanings.”
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) could be another opponent to impeachment.
“The freshman senator has emerged as a member of the Senate’s dwindling coalition of moderates since joining in January,” the Washington daily noted. “She has voted with Trump 52.9 percent of the time – second among sitting Democratic senators, according to FiveThirtyEight.”
Even though last week’s vote rendered Trump the third president to ever be impeached – for allegations of abusing his power when asking Ukrainian officials to look into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden’s, problematic dealings and obstructing justice in the probe – two Democrats voted against impeachment on the first charge and three opposed the second … with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) voting present each time.
What to expect
Despite Democrats’ refusal to retract their push for impeachment, it appears to many that their campaign has run into a wall.
“Nearly 20 GOP senators would have to turn their backs on their own party's president to reach the 67-vote threshold for conviction and removal – which isn't likely,” WND asserted.
It is believed that Pelosi is now stalling for time – avoiding what she realizes is imminent defeat – while McConnel is positioning to remove Trump from the impeachment proceedings so he can fully focus on leading the country.
“Speaker Pelosi knows impeachment is DOA in the Senate, so she is holding onto the articles of impeachment – unless the Senate bows to her demands,” the Gateway Pundit argued. “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is backing President Trump and will move to acquit Trump as quickly as possible – since no crimes were named in the articles of impeachment.”