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Politics Republican senators all over the place on impeachment

19:30  22 january  2021
19:30  22 january  2021 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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Republican senators are all over the map when it comes to a conviction vote on an impeachment charge against former President Donald Trump for “incitement of insurrection.”

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Senators are weighing rage about the Jan. 6 Capitol invasion against a desire to move forward and not stall on working with the new Biden administration, reading the tea leaves from anonymously sourced articles relaying opinions from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, considering constitutional loopholes can give them the best of both worlds, and working through the electoral consequences of either side that they take.

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The most important Republican senator of all, minority leader McConnell – who would still be majority leader, if Republicans had won just one of those Senate majority leader Schumer is coordinating with House speaker Nancy Pelosi about when the article of impeachment would be handed over

All Senate Republicans except have signed onto a resolution condemning the House’s impeachment process, with Senators Mitt Romney of Utah, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions.

Assuming that all 50 Democrats vote in favor of convicting Trump on impeachment charges, an additional 17 Republicans would have to join in voting to convict to meet the Constitution’s two-thirds threshold. If that happened, simple majority votes in the House and Senate would bar Trump from being able to hold public office again.

Nearly all of the 50 Republicans refuse to say exactly whether they would vote to convict or acquit Trump, citing their duty as impartial jurors. But most of them have delivered other statements that reveal whether they’re leaning toward convicting Trump, are open to it, or appear opposed to the impeachment process entirely.

The four Republican senators who are most open to voting to convict are Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski (“I want him out,” she said following the Capitol riot); Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, who was the only Republican who voted to convict Trump on an article of impeachment last year; Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, who said he believes Trump “disregarded his oath of office”; and Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey, who is retiring at the end of his term in early January 2023 and has said that he believes Trump “committed impeachable offenses.”

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But Republican senators said they had discussed with McConnell the need to give Trump time for "due process," as Senator John Cornyn put it. Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene has filed articles of impeachment against Joe Biden the day after he was inaugurated as president.

Numerous Republican Senators have expressed openness to convicting Trump and potentially barring him from future office. The Senate will try Trump for the second time once the House sends the impeachment over . McConnell has so far given his fellow partisans little guidance, leaving them to

“When the president incites an attack against Congress, there must be a meaningful consequence,” Romney said on Jan. 11.

Maine Sen. Susan Collins, a centrist politician in the caucus, is also thought to be one of the more likely senators to vote to convict Trump, but she has declined to comment on the matter.

If those four or five voted to convict, still another dozen senators would have to join them to meet the two-thirds threshold.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has reportedly said that he is undecided on how he will vote, giving a green light for other Republican senators to vote in favor of conviction.

But only about nine other senators have indicated some openness to voting for impeachment. Of those, six are up for reelection in 2022 (though Chuck Grassley of Iowa, 87, may not seed another term), including Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, and Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford.

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Senate Republicans got a civics lesson Wednesday on their roles in an impeachment trial. Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) warned Friday that one-third of Republican voters could leave the party if GOP senators vote in impeachment proceedings to convict President Trump.

Republicans in the US Senate are asking Democrats to delay the start of former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial until February. On a call to his fellow Republican senators on Thursday, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell said he had asked that House Democrats to hold off sending

With McConnell pushing to delay a Senate impeachment trial for two weeks, it’s likely that the public appetite for impeachment among senators and the public wanes, potentially tipping those open to the idea of conviction into the acquittal camp over time.

Blowback to McConnell from conservatives such as Fox News host Sean Hannity, who said that McConnell should step down as leader over his openness to conviction, could spook the senators. No. 3 House Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming being scolded by her fellow caucus members for voting in favor of impeachment (and already having primary challengers over the vote) is another warning sign.

Bottom line: At this point, the numbers are not there for a Trump conviction.

Around 21 Republican senators have expressed opposition to the impeachment process, a sign that they are unlikely to vote to convict Trump.

“Impeaching and trying a president after he has left office is petty, vindictive, mean spirited, and divisive. Unfortunately, it’s par for the course with how the Democrats are approaching this moment,” Sen. Ted Cruz, who objected to accepting some Electoral College results, said on Wednesday.

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The most common reason Republican senators give for opposing impeachment is that it will cause further unnecessary division.

South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott said impeachment will “lead to more hate and a deeply fractured nation,” while Kansas Sen. Roger Marshall said it will "only raise already heated temperatures." Wyoming Sen. Cynthia Lummis, North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven, Tennessee Sen. Bill Hagerty, and others expressed similar sentiments.

In addition to that, other senators assert that post-presidency conviction on impeachment is unconstitutional, although numerous legal scholars (including some at the right-wing Federalist Society) say that it is perfectly constitutional.

"Thee Senate lacks constitutional authority to conduct impeachment proceedings against a former president,” Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton said in a statement.

Of the dozen or so remaining senators who have not made statements about impeachment, two of them seem extremely unlikely to vote in favor of conviction: Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley and Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy. Both objected to accepting Electoral College results on Jan. 6.

Another five are up for reelection in 2022 (John Boozman of Arkansas, Michael Crapo of Idaho, Mike Lee of Utah, Jerry Moran of Kansas, and Todd Young of Indiana), meaning fear of blowback from constituents for a conviction vote could weigh heavier on them.

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Original Author: Emily Brooks

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The constitutional case for allowing late impeachment trials .
Those who argue that late impeachment is impossible argue that the Constitution makes removal an inextricable part of impeachment — that the question before the Senate is whether to remove. But that is just assuming the conclusion. The Constitution does not use such language. Senate practice reflects this; senators vote "guilty" or "not guilty." Their formal verdict is not "remove" or "don't remove." True, removal will be the most important thing in most cases. But that is different from saying that impeachment cannot exist without it.

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