On Tuesday, Americans learned of House Democrats’ decision to bring official articles of impeachment against President Trump.
The articles allege that Trump abused his power and obstructed justice, hence carrying out high crimes and misdemeanors. Over the course of this week and even prior to the articles of impeachment, House members have debated one another over the crusade to impeach the president.
Drafting articles of impeachment against President Trump means that the Senate may very well have to conduct a trial, assuming that House Democrats get the necessary votes on their articles.
However, while it’s pretty much a given that Senate Republicans will vote against articles of impeachment, some Senate Democrats may also follow suit. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell explained as much during a recent interview, per reports from Breitbart News.
A Closer Look at McConnell’s Statements on Senate Democrats and Impeachment Articles
On Thursday, McConnell sat down with Fox News for an interview. During his segment, McConnell discussed the impeachment sham and the likely trajectory of events if the Senate does have to conduct a trial.
The Senate Majority Leader stated that while House Republicans are united in opposition against impeachment, House Democrats appear “divided.”
McConnell also noted that “one or two” Senate Democrats who vote against impeachment wouldn’t shock him. During another point in the interview, McConnell firmly declared that there is “no chance” of President Trump being removed from office.
What Happens Now?
Earlier this morning, the House Judiciary Committee voted in favor of adopting both articles of impeachment against President Trump. The vote came after Chairman Jerry Nadler postponed the vote to take place today, as opposed to yesterday.
This now leaves a final House vote which is necessary before passing matters onto the Senate. House members are expected to issue their votes as early as next week.
In light of McConnell’s statements and Republicans’ united opposition against impeachment, a Senate acquittal for President Trump is virtually set in stone. Whether or not a few Senate Democrats break from their party and oppose impeachment remains to be seen.
However, Republicans still maintain their majority control over the Senate; this means that the acquittal of President Trump can happen with or without backing from Senate Democrats.
What do you think about Mitch McConnell’s prediction about Senate Democrats? Will they break from their party and vote against impeachment if the Senate conducts a trial? Let us know in the comments section below!