But getting McConnell and at least 16 other Republicans to convict after Trump leaves office is another issue entirely.
A Republican source familiar with internal discussions said: “The Senate Republican meeting did not lose love to Trump.” “Everyone is prepared for this. However, after the expiration of the term, how many people will vote against him? Conviction, this is a truly open issue.”
Several senior Republican sources told CNN on Thursday that many Republicans are distressed by whether Trump’s actions are worth taking unprecedented steps to ban him from leaving the White House next week.
Republicans say it will ultimately depend on multiple factors-the case established by the House impeachment managers, whether there is new news about Trump and the deadly Capitol riots, and whether the mood remains low at the time of the vote-to determine whether the Republicans will break Ranking and permanently ending Trump’s political career.
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Republicans are broadly divided into several camps. Some people, such as Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, object to this procedure because they believe that the president’s conviction after resignation is constitutionally suspicious and many Republicans will surely hold this position.
Senator Kevin Cramer, Republican of North Dakota, told CNN on Thursday: “I doubt if we can try the former president, and that’s what we are dealing with here.”
Others, such as Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina, may align with many House Republicans who say that the impeachment process will further divide the country.
Facing voters, Scott said this week: “Impersonation voting will only lead to more hatred and a severely divided country.”
However, some Republicans say it is vital to draw a sign to make it clear that Congress will not represent a future president who may follow Trump. The president’s actions cross a clear line and must not be repeated.
“I think this is one of the most important actions we should take, and I think it is appropriate.”
Merkowski said in a statement issued on Thursday that she would “listen carefully” to these arguments before making a voting decision, but said the House of Representatives “acted quickly and I believe that the action will be impeached” .
People familiar with the matter said that McConnell had told his colleagues in private that he did not make a decision and would remain open when listening to the arguments put forward by the House Democrats against managers. He wants to cool the current enthusiasm, let the trial go on, and then take a position, that many views will be the key to influence the Republican vote in the Senate and determine whether Trump is convicted.
A source from the First Republican Party said: “In (Republican) meetings, there may be no difference in impeachable crimes here.” “I think almost everyone believes this.”
Indeed, many people still criticize Trump’s remarks against supporters at the rally before the Congressional riots.
Republican Senator Mike Lenz of South Dakota said, “If anything, he urges that, in a very emotional situation, take a very inappropriate move that seems to support him.”
Republican senators who did not leave Washington until next week mostly remained silent before the trial. More than a dozen Senate Republican offices on Thursday rejected or did not respond to a request for comment from the House of Representatives to approve the impeachment clause, which accused Trump of inciting rebellion and was supported by 10 House Republicans.
The Democratic Party’s balance of whether to bring witnesses, plans to debate constitutional merits
The Democrats in the House of Representatives realized that at least 17 Republicans must be persuaded to firm their convictions, so they began to establish their own positions internally. The questions they are trying to solve include whether to invite external witnesses, including Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, after the president pressured Republican election officials to “find” the necessary votes, and then impeach them. The article cited his interaction with Trump. Overthrew Joe Biden’s victory in the state.
Raskin was asked Wednesday night whether he would look for witnesses in the impeachment trial when he walked into the suite of Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and said: “We will give you answers as we get answers.”
Georgia Secretary of State spokesman Walter Jones declined to say on Thursday whether Ravensperger or another top election official, Gabriel Sterling, would be willing to testify in court.
Jones told CNN: “At present, our team is completely focused on this Georgia State Convention.”
Constitutional scholar Raskin is expected to argue that the Senate has sufficient precedent to convict federal officials after leaving office-this is a key case to convince some Walled Republican senators, because Trump’s defense team is expected to debate such actions Is unconstitutional.
Republican Senator Pat Doumet of Pennsylvania said: “Whether the Senate has the constitutional power to impeach a president who is no longer in office is controversial.” He is a critic of the Republican Party’s comments on Trump’s post-election. “If the Senate goes to trial, I will perform my duties again, considering the arguments of the House Manager and President Trump’s lawyer.”
The former president has never been impeached, and Trump’s allies have argued that the Senate has no constitutional power to try the president after he leaves office. The Senate has convicted only eight officials in history.
Fradeck pointed out that the Constitution says that the Senate’s impeachment case includes removal and “disqualification from holding and enjoying any honorary, trust, or profitable position in the United States”.
Fradeck wrote: “The latter is the key, because it drives the Senate to make two decisions in the impeachment case: First, it must decide whether to remove an officer.” “Then, it must decide whether or not. This person should be disqualified for future federal posts. Indeed, the Senate once voted to remove eight officials, and then voted to veto the qualifications of three of them-strengthening the removal and disqualification are separate questions.”
In his statement regarding the upcoming trial, McConnell did not imply that he believed it would violate the Constitution or that he would make any effort to stop the trial based on these reasons. Despite this, Republicans, including McConnell, may eventually be affected by the controversy and may point out that Trump’s status as the former president is a reason for not voting.
In a memo obtained by CNN, a timetable for impeachment was proposed, and McConnell did not question whether a trial should be held. But he did raise a question for which there is no clear answer: whether Chief Justice John Roberts will preside over the meeting as he did in the first impeachment trial of Trump.
McConnell wrote: “When the Senate tries the current president, the Constitution requires the Chief Justice to preside over the trial. The Senate’s impeachment rules require the Senate to invite the Chief Justice to attend the Senate and preside over the trial.” “Usually, the invitation will be on January 19th. Issued. However, it is unclear whether the Chief Justice will preside over the trial after Trump ceases to be president on January 20.”
Trump believes the primary election in the eyes of the Republican Party will weaken Republican Party support
Even if Republican Party support for Trump begins to deteriorate, many Republicans will have to worry about domestic political consequences. A Republican source said that an internal poll since Election Day showed that Trump has slipped more than double digits among Republican voters across the country.
Nonetheless, Trump’s supporters are destined to become a force in the Republican primary elections-their way of voting on convictions may set the tone for the election cycle.
For Senate Republicans, when they must defend 20 seats and Democrats must defend 14 seats, the situation is full of challenges. Senate Republican Senator Tatsu who finds Trump guilty can easily face a major challenger supported by Trump. Before the riot broke out, Trump had asked for a major challenge to John Thun of South Dakota, the second Republican in the Senate, because he said the president’s efforts to overthrow the election would fail.
When asked if he was worried about the main challenge, Thun said, “You are just striding forward,” leaving the Capitol on the night of the riots. “This is a free country. I suspect that some of our members (including me) will see a lot of such activities in the next few years. You just have to play your role.”
Although Trump has been greatly weakened politically in the influence of the riots he incited, after he resigns, the Republican Party may still have a loyal pro-Trump base. Those who have received close attention during the cycle are Roy Blunt of Missouri, Rob Portman of Ohio and Todd Young of Indiana.
Many people remain silent on how to come down.
“I believe we need to wait and hear the evidence,” said Alabama Senator Shelby, the 86-year-old Republican who can retire instead of running for re-election in 2022. “As a juror, I Evidence that will be carefully considered is presented.”
CNN’s Alex Rogers contributed to this report.