Feb 3, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Republicans officially have votes to acquit Trump in Senate trial

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President Trump officially has the votes in the Senate to secure an acquittal in his impeachment trial on Wednesday, according to a whip count by Politico that analyzed public statements by members of the chamber.

Where it stands: More than 34 senators have stated they will vote to acquit the president, meaning Democrats won't have the two-thirds majority they need to remove Trump from office.

The big picture: Acquittal has always been a near certainty since the articles were transmitted by the House, where not a single Republican voted in favor of impeachment.

  • "If there’s any suspense at all, it’s over whether a handful of centrist senators will break with their parties on one or both of the impeachment articles," according to Politico.

What's new: A number of senators confirmed on Monday they would vote no on Trump's removal, including Sens. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), John Kennedy (R-La.), and John Thune (R-S.D.)

  • The offices of Sens. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) also confirmed to Politico that they'd vote to acquit.

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The big picture: Trump's acquittal was always expected, but Wednesday saw an 11th hour twist in the impeachment trial as Sen. Mitt Romney voted in favor of convicting the president on abuse of power — the only Republican senator to break ranks.

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President Trump is poised to win his long-expected acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial as soon as tonight, after Sen. Lamar Alexander's dramatic 11th-hour announcement that he'll vote against calling new witnesses.

The state of play: The big question is no longer whether the Senate will sink this afternoon's witness vote, but rather how long it will take to deliver a final verdict on Trump after the vote fails.