Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell is eyeing potentially weak Democrat Senators from swing states who could ‘flip’ on their own party and vote to acquit the President during his impending impeachment trial.
It seems as though, with Mitch McConnell waiting in the wings, Nancy Pelosi may have just walked her own party into a trap that could split it. An event which could turn out to be fatal for the Democrats with the 2020 election just around the corner.
As Fox News reports:
Several Democratic senators who hail from states won by President Trump in 2016 are being eyed as possible acquittal votes in a Senate impeachment trial, as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he believes at least a Democrat or two could defect.
It comes as the House barrels toward a floor vote on impeachment planned for Wednesday. If articles of impeachment are approved as expected, the Senate would follow with a trial in early 2020 where senators act as jurors.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if we got one or two Democrats,” McConnell, R-Ky., said during a recent appearance on Fox News’ “Hannity.”
The most popular parlor game right now in Washington focuses on the House side — specifically, on which Democrats from Trump-won districts would vote to impeach, or defect, even though impeachment is widely seen as inevitable. On the Senate side, where Republicans hold the majority and the threshold for conviction is a steep two-thirds majority, Trump is expected to easily be acquitted. But Republicans nevertheless would like to peel off a Democrat or more in the upper chamber, which could make the vote bipartisan.
Sources have said that the Democrats most likely to flip are Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala., and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.