Report: Three Dem Senators Consider Voting to Acquit Trump
Three Democratic senators from red states are considering voting to acquit President Trump in his impeachment trial, according to Politico.
The three lawmakers, Sen. Joe Manchin (W.V.), Kyrsten Sinema (AZ) and Doug Jones (AL) are currently undecided on whether or not to vote to convict the President and may even end up “splitting” their votes.
One or more senators may end up splitting their votes, borrowing a move from Rep. Jared Golden (D-Maine), who voted for the abuse of power charge but against the one on obstruction of Congress.
Manchin said he will do that only if he “can explain one and not the other.” Jones has been mildly critical of the obstruction impeachment article and says he’s “troubled” the House didn’t fight harder to hear from critical administration witnesses.
Yesterday, Manchin said he is unsure how he will vote and won’t make a decision until the trial ends.
“I know it’s hard to believe that. But I really am [undecided]. But I have not made a final decision. Every day, I hear something, I think ‘this is compelling, that’s compelling,’” Manchin said. “Everyone’s struggling a little bit.”
Jones faces a difficult election ahead of him and admitted that his office hears from a lot of Trump supporters who wish to see the senator acquit the President.
“I don’t think I’ve totally decided. I certainly have [been] leaning one way or the other. That needle moves” depending on the testimony he hears, Jones said. “I am leaning in certain ways but I want to hear, I truly, honestly, want to hear the entire trial.”
When it comes to Sinema, Politico writes, that she “has made no comments since the trial began. She’s close with many Republicans, and some Democrats privately believe that like Manchin, she leans toward Trump more than Jones does. Still, with no public comments it’s almost impossible to tell where she will land.”
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