As the Senate gets ready for the impeachment to become official and get send to the Senate for a trial, the Republicans are ready to go and they’re beyond confident.
Rather than simply dismissing the case when it comes to the Senate, Sen. Mitch McConnell wants a vote for acquittal instead. This will do two things primarily.
First, it will demonstrate how pitiful the case is that the House of Representatives has against President Trump and secondly, it will greatly diminish the confidence that Americans have in Democrats in Congress which ultimately will give Republicans an edge in the 2020 elections.
According to CNN,
Republicans want to have a vote on acquittal — to clear the President of the charges against him — not simply rely on a 51-vote threshold procedural motion to dismiss the hotly disputed case.
The Constitution mandates 67 votes are required to convict the President and remove him from office, a barrier widely considered too high to be reached in this case.
One vote McConnell can’t rely on is that of Vice President Mike Pence, who has “no role in impeachment,” according to a GOP leadership aide, despite being president of the Senate with the mandate to break ties.
One of the senators, speaking anonymously, said McConnell would not call a vote on a motion to proceed to the impeachment articles unless he knew he had the 51 votes needed to end the trial, which would then set up a final vote on the articles themselves. On that final vote, 67 votes would be needed to convict Trump and remove him from office.
The President said this weekend that he’s looking forward to this impeachment trial in the Senate and I don’t blame him because I’m looking forward to it as well. This is going to all but guarantee that Republicans will retake the House, maintain the Senate, and most importantly President Trump will EASILY win the election.