The Democrat impeachment push is coming to a head, as the Senate trial looms on the horizon. However, while impeachment passed the House, it’ll be tougher to pass through the Senate.
Though a few Republicans have decided to stand against former President Trump, there might not be enough dissenters overall. And that’s shaping up to be the biggest hurdle for leftists.
Democrats need 17 Senate GOP members to vote to convict — and that goal appears difficult to reach.
According to the latest report, more Republicans are showing support for Trump, which means hitting that 17 number is a much tougher proposition for impeachment-hopeful Dems.
Trump has been accused of inciting the mob that descended on D.C. on January 6. And if that can be proven in court, the former President’s impeachment will be final.
But the majority simply may not agree, and Republicans are finally coming to Trump’s defense.
Via Fox News:
A growing number of Republican senators say they oppose holding an impeachment trial, a sign of the dimming chances that former President Donald Trump will be convicted on the charge that he incited a siege of the U.S. Capitol.
Democrats have been hoping that enough Republicans would embrace impeachment, especially after several high-ranking GOP members condemned the Washington riots.
Other Republicans also called out the former President for allegedly playing a role in the violence.
That’s why left-wing politicians were optimistic about getting their case through the Senate, but now it appears that GOP anger toward Trump is waning. This spells trouble for impeachment.
Some Republicans are being more vocal about it, too. Said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.):
‘I think the trial is stupid, I think it’s counterproductive.’
He said that ‘the first chance I get to vote to end this trial, I’ll do it’ because he believes it would be bad for the country and further inflame partisan divisions.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) added that the more he talks to his colleagues, “the more they’re beginning to line up” behind Trump.
Specifically, many are now saying they don’t believe the Senate has the constitutional authority to convict Trump after he left office.
On the other hand, Democrats cite the 1876 impeachment of a secretary of war who’d already resigned. They also say a “reckoning” is necessary due to the first invasion of the Capitol since the War of 1812.
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) believes many think the impeachment trial is appropriate.
But plenty of other Capitol Hill members don’t believe it’s appropriate at all; for example, there’s Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) who said in a Sunday tweet:
If it is a good idea to impeach and try former Presidents, what about former Democratic Presidents when Republicans get the majority in 2022?
Think about it and let’s do what is best for the country.
At this point, it does seem unlikely that 17 Republicans will vote to convict Trump in the Senate trial.
And a bunch more don’t believe the trial should take place at all. Perhaps it would be a better idea to put the unpleasantness behind us and move on, as many politicians have requested.
- More Republicans are standing against the impeachment of former President Donald Trump.
- Democrats need 17 Senate GOP members to vote to convict. And that’s seeming more unlikely now.
- Many doubt the Senate has constitutional authority to impeach a President who has already left office.
Source: Fox News