It’s ‘Possible’ Some Democrats May Vote To Acquit Trump: Chris Murphy
January 27, 2020 | by James G. Dalton
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) said on Saturday that it’s “certainly possible” that some Senate Democrats will vote to acquit President Donald Trump following his impeachment trial, according to Politico.
“I don’t have any reason to think there are Democrats that aren’t with us on procedural votes,” Murphy told reporters, adding “It’s certainly possible there are Democrats that are going to vote no on one of the articles, two of the articles. And I don’t have a sense where everybody is on the articles. We haven’t talked about it.”
“Schumer may know,” added Murphy, “but nobody has done public or private whipping on this.”
Sen. Chris Murphy said Saturday morning that Democrats are likely to be united on a key procedural vote on calling witnesses next week, though he acknowledged that not all 47 Democrats are guaranteed to vote to convict the president.
The Connecticut Democrat said that Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other party leaders aren’t whipping senators on the question of the final verdict. Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) are considered the most likely senators to be mulling possible acquittal votes. –Politico
In December, Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) said that there may be multiple Senate Democrats who may vote to exonerate Trump, telling Politico “I think we might have a couple,” adding “I don’t want to speculate on who — obviously that puts too much pressure on them — but I really think we have people on both sides that are trying to get to a reasonable, nonpartisan answer.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested the same in a December interview with Fox News, saying “It wouldn’t surprise me if we got one or two Democrats. It looks to me over in the House, the Republicans seem to be solid and the Democrats seem to be divided.“