Republicans are privately estimating that only 5 to 10 of their own are seriously considering voting to convict President Donald Trump, according to a bombshell report from Politico. Democrats need at least 17 Republicans to convict Trump.
The result: President Trump will be acquitted.
As the Trump defense made its argument on Friday, Republicans privately estimated between 5 and 10 of their senators are seriously weighing conviction. There’s no official whip count, and the matter is not being discussed at party meetings, leaving many in the 50-member conference to only guess at their colleague’s inclinations.
Among the likely accomplices of the Democrats are Senators Ben Sasse, Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, Pat Toomey and Lisa Murkowski. Others still in doubt are Richard Burr, Bill Cassidy and Rob Portman.
Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell will have less of a choice. Politico notes that “Republicans still see no path for Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell to vote to convict, but he has not told colleagues that he is surely an acquittal. He’s repeatedly told Republicans that the final vote, likely Saturday, is one of “conscience.” And since criticizing Trump in January, he’s said little about the matter at all.”
“A vote to convict Trump would seriously complicate McConnell’s ability to lead the party heading into the midterm elections.”
The facts are clear. Democrats haven’t been able to peel off enough GOP RINO’s to win. That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t primary each and every Republican that votes to go along with this farce of an impeachment.