President Trump’s chances of acquiring the impending Senate impeachment hearing are unclear as most Republicans reject comment on how they will vote or say they He is not sure
Fox News contacted all Republicans who will serve as senators following President Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20, where a trial is likely to begin.
Given that two-thirds of the majority are required to be convicted, seventeen Republicans will have to vote in favor of impeachment, assuming all 50 Democrats do so.
But only 13 GOP senators have volunteered that they would vote to release Trump from a House-passed impeachment resolution that charges the president.
In response to Fox News and public statements, ten Republicans remain uncertain. Three declined to comment and the other 24 did not respond, despite repeated requests for comment during the two days of the inquiry.
Only ten Republicans in the House cross the aisle in support of the impeachment resolution passed on Wednesday.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was among those who said they wanted to hear the arguments before voting.
“While the media is full of speculation. But I have not yet made a final decision on how I will vote, and I intend to hear the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate, ”the majority leader said in a memo to the GOP senators Wednesday received by the Senate. Fox News
Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama was among those who agreed.
“I believe we have to wait to hear the evidence,”; Shelby told Fox News on Thursday. “If there is a trial, which will be my third senator, I will sit in the jury position, and as a juror, I will carefully consider the evidence presented.”
“The allegations against President Trump are serious and will be taken seriously, including a review of historical and legal precedents and the long-term impact of confidence under these circumstances. Sen. Dan Sullivan R.-Alaska told Fox News. “At the hearing, I will be on the jury, and I will carefully examine the arguments and evidence presented, including the verdict. Any fight set by the president’s legal team
Senior Senator from Alaska Lisa Murkowski is the first Republican in an upstairs room to call for Trump to be removed from office. She told the local news agency last week that “I want him to leave”
Murkowski said Trump’s incitement to violence was “illegal” and could not “go without effect” and she applauded the lawsuit.
But she said she would wait for trial before deciding whether to convict Trump.
“When the Impeachment Clause enters the Senate, I will abide by the oath I sworn as a US senator,” Murkowski said in a statement. “I will listen carefully and consider arguments from both sides, then announce how I will vote.”
Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey is the only Republican other than Murkowski who publicly said last week that Trump And he was stuck with the president’s decision and “The role he played in the deadly uprising at City Hall”
But he was not ready to judge.
“President Trump will vacate office before the Senate impeachment hearing can begin, whether the Senate has the constitutional power to consider impeachment against the president who is no longer in office is contentious.” Together, “Toomey told Fox News. “If the Senate does a hearing, I will meet again my responsibility to hear arguments from both the House manager and President Trump’s attorney.”
Republican Sen Susan Collins, Maine; Mike Crapo, Indiana; Chuck Grasley, Iowa; James Langford, Oklahoma; And Rob Portman, of Ohio, also told Fox News they would await a sentencing hearing before issuing a verdict on Trump’s conviction in the Senate.
The majority of senators to vote on the elimination cited concerns about further division.
“In a time when the United States needs a national remedy and a real commitment to the rule of law, the American public should look for their legislators to not deepen partisan divisions. But to bring us together, ”Sen. Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn., Told Fox News,“ There are seven more days to the presidency and he is fully committed to the peaceful transfer of power. ”
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Sen. Rand spokesman Paul R-Ky. Claimed that the ruling was nothing more than “Partisan maneuvers that will split the country”
Paul did not join GOP members led by Sens. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., And Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in opposing the college’s election results last week, and his spokesperson told Fox News he condemned. Harsh in the Capitol.
But the spokesman added that “If Democrats really want to ease the tension and divide, impeachment is the wrong idea.”
Hagerty and Paul joined the opposition to the conviction of several GOP Senators, including Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Rick Scott of Florida; And Marsha Blackburn
“Moving forward with litigation at this juncture has But it will make our abused country even more divided, ”Sen. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo, told Fox News.” I respect the right of all my colleagues to vote. Their right and wrong But we need to calm down and start finding ways to work together as Americans. ”
Sen. Mitt Romney, R.-Utah, the only GOP senator who crossed the line of parties and voted with Democrats for impeachment in February 2020, did not respond to Fox News’ questions. On his feelings about the upcoming lawsuit
Another 26 Republican senators did not respond to Fox News’ questions about the impending litigation hearing: John Barrasso of Wyoming; Roy Blunt from Missouri; John Boozman from Arkansas; Mike Braun, Indiana; Richard Burr, North Carolina; Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia; Bill Cassidy, Louisiana; John Cornyn from Texas; Kevin Cramer from North Dakota; Joni Ernst from Iowa; Deb Fischer from Nebraska; Josh Hawley from Missouri; John Hoeven of North Dakota; Jim Inhofe from Oklahoma; Ron Johnson, Wisconsin; John Kennedy, Louisiana; Mike Lee, Utah; Roger Marshall from Kanazas; Jerry Moran, Kansas; James Risch from Idaho; Around Mike, South Dakota; Benzas of Nebraska; John Thune of South Dakota, Thom Tillis, North Carolina; Tommy Toureville, Alabama; And Todd Young from Indiana
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The punishment of a conviction is intended to be free from office. But since Trump will be freed from the White House, it is unclear what Congress could do if it convicted him other than to vote again to prevent him from running for re-election.
The Senate will begin Trump’s hearing on Jan. 20 at 1:00 p.m. Politico first reported Thursday.
Mike Emanuel contributed to this report.