NEW: Moderate ‘Republican’ Senators Won’t Commit to Keeping Trump If There’s a Removal Vote
After Big League Politics contacted several moderate “Republican” Senators – perhaps known better as members of the GOP establishment – to see if they would commit to voting against the potential removal of President Donald J. Trump, we found that none were willing to commit to keeping the 45th President.
As the 2020 election draws nearer, the possibility of the members of the Democratic Party in the House of Representatives impeaching Trump on the basis of the bogus “Russian collusion” investigation – which turned up empty – is a continuing topic of discussion. Some Democrats want to impeach the President despite the fact that he decidedly did not “collude” with any Russians, according to Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report clearing Trump of any wrongdoing. Holding the majority in the House, they have the votes to accomplish this goal – at least in theory.
In the event that the House votes to impeach Trump, there would be a removal vote held in the Senate, requiring a two-thirds majority to actually remove Trump. With only a small majority in the Senate, and considering how some Republicans have wavered in their support of Trump, the 67 votes required to remove him from office could be achieved if some of the noted fence-sitters side with Democrats.
To that end, Big League Politics reached out to several Senate offices and asked them a simple question: In the event of a removal vote based specifically on the findings of the Mueller report, would they vote against removing Trump?
After reaching out to the offices of Sens. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Susan Collins (R-Maine) several times over a period of three days, none of the Senators would commit to voting against a potential removal. In fact, none of them even bothered to answer the question.
Murkowski and Collins have actively fought against Trump’s border security initiatives. Both were notoriously flaky during the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Sasse has been openly critical of Trump.
Furthermore, middle-of-the-road members of the higher chamber of Congress like Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) have rebuked Trump in the wake of the Mueller report, despite the fact that it clears the president of wrongdoing. At the moment, Romney is on record stating that he would not support Trump’s impeachment.
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