Last week, House Democrats voted for two articles of impeachment against President Trump. However, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) still hasn’t sent them off to the Senate for a trial. She may be in for a surprise when she does.
That’s what comments from Sen. David Purdue (R-GA) would suggest, anyway. Purdue believes that some of his Democratic counterparts would vote to acquit the president.
Dems are vulnerable
“I think we might have a couple,” The Hill quoted him as saying. “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.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made a similar prediction, while also doubting that any Republicans would vote to convict.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if we got one or two Democrats. It looks to me over in the House, the Republicans seem to be solid and the Democrats seem to be divided.”
Wyoming’s Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) was quoted as well. While making no guarantees, Barrasso said when it came to acquittal, “there are a couple of Democrats who are thinking about that.” While not naming any names, he did say that “you know who they are.”
Questions about Jones and Manchin
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) are widely considered to be the two Democrats who are most likely to defect during an impeachment vote.
Manchin hails from West Virginia, a state that gave almost 69 percent of its vote to Trump in the 2016 election. He was also the lone Democrat who voted to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
What’s more, Manchin was at one point considered for a cabinet post in the Trump administration.
“As I have said from the beginning, the President deserves a fair trial and so do the American people. I have consistently said that we need to hear from firsthand witnesses and have access to relevant documents,” The Alabama senator tweeted on December 19.
“But when the articles of impeachment come to the Senate, my colleagues and I will each take an oath to do impartial justice according to the Constitution. That oath, along with the oath I took to protect and defend the Constitution, will be my guide throughout this process.”