President Trump’s acquittal in the Senate is no sure thing. There are some veteran GOP lawmakers and other establishment Republicans, starting with Mitch McConnell, who believe they need to do whatever they can to ensure that Trump never becomes president again.
Some never liked Trump. Others are angry that their workplace was invaded. And still others are blaming him for Republicans’ failure to win the Georgia runoffs and the resulting loss of a Senate majority.
According to Fox News:
President Trump’s chances for an acquittal in his upcoming Senate impeachment trial are unclear, as most Republicans either refuse comment on how they will vote or say they are undecided.
Fox News contacted every Republican who will be serving as a senator after President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20, when the trial is likely to begin.
Given that a two-thirds majority is needed to convict, seventeen Republicans would have to vote in favor of the impeachment, assuming all 50 Democrats do so.
But only 13 GOP senators volunteered that they will vote to acquit Trump on the House-passed impeachment resolution, which charged the president with “incitement of insurrection.”
Based on responses to Fox News and publicly available statements, ten Republicans are undecided. Three refused to comment, and another 24 did not respond, despite repeated requests for comment over two days of inquiries.
Only ten Republicans in the House crossed the aisle to support the impeachment resolution, which passed Wednesday.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is among those who say they want to listen to the arguments before casting a vote.
“While the press has been full of speculation, I have not made a final decision on how I will vote and I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate,” the majority leader said in a memo to GOP senators Wednesday that was obtained by Fox News.
Sen. Richard Shelby, of Alabama, is among those who agree.