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Will the Senate Republicans Shank Trump? – News

Will the Senate Republicans Shank Trump?  – News

Should the House impeach Donald Trump, 67 Senators—or a two thirds majority—must then vote to remove him from office In practice, this means that 20 Republican senators must go against their own party to boot the president At present, this seems impossible, or at least highly unlikely. Trump still enjoys the support of a vast majority of Republican voters, which means lawmakers who turn on him would then have to answer to the base And yet, as the Ukraine scandal trundles on, some of the president’s allies are beginning to fret “There’s most definitely a group of Republican senators who are not originally Trump fans that have endorsed him begrudgingly, who have warmed up to him as their fortunes rise,” a former senior Trump administration official told Politico Former 2016 Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo added, warily, “If there’s one place where you can set a trap that nobody expects, it’s the U S. Senate Republican Conference.” Their fears are not unfounded. Recent polling shows that 30% of Republicans are in favor of an impeachment inquiry, while almost one fifth say they favor an impeachment vote Last month, a GOP consultant said a Republican senator told him that if the vote were secret, “30 Republican senators would vote to impeach Trump ” He noted, “The politics of it will get worse and worse for Trump.” Of course, the vote is not secret And as it stands, Trump and his allies are counting on a healthy amount of public shaming and groupthink to keep the caucus in line The president himself has used a carrot-and-stick approach, doing things like attacking Mitt Romney as a “pompous ass”, and doling out endorsements to senators running for reelection in swing states (He recently endorsed Ben Sasse, one of his loudest critics, who called Trump’s call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky “very troubling ”) He’s also deployed Mike Pence to make appearances, recently with Senator Joni Ernst, who’s up for reelection in Iowa And yet, it’s not clear that these entreaties are having the intended effect:Most PopularWill Impeachment Cost Democrats the White House?By Nick BiltonAre Trump’s Border Gators or the Impeachment Rants More Ridiculous? Colbert Can’t DecideBy Laura BradleySure, Why Not: Trump Asked Boris Johnson to Help Discredit MuellerBy Bess LevinAdvertisement Other Republicans have taken a wrist-slap approach, chiding Trump for his sketchy attempts at soliciting political help from foreign leaders, but adamant that this alone should not be grounds for impeachment Retiring Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, for instance, has called Trump’s actions “inappropriate,” but quickly added that impeachment is “a mistake ” In a recent fundraising email, Senator John Cornyn of Texas asked, somewhat redundantly, “Do I wish President Trump hadn’t raised the issue with the Ukrainian president? Yes But really, is it right for Democrats to now call for his removal for office over this?” There are still several months before Senate Republicans will be forced to make a decision, during which time they must grapple with whether Trump’s gravitational force will be enough to keep them on his side With Mitch McConnell on his side, defections seem unlikely. Democrat Chris Coons told Politico that two Senate Republicans he’s called in the past week have either “changed the subject or [gotten] off the phone” when he brought up Trump and Ukraine “If I were a Republican senator,” he told Politico, “I would make a pretty tough but prompt assessment that history will judge harshly those who do not show some independence from this president ” — Impeachment fervor is causing a ruckus at Fox News— Why Rudy Giuliani’s Ukrainian adventure could end his career— Inside the stunning collapse of WeWork (and its kooky CEO)— It’s official: Trump has met his Twitter match— A surprise appearance by Tiffany Trump— From the Archive: The power broker who taught Donald Trump the dark political arts Looking for more? Sign up for our daily Hive newsletter and never miss a story

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