As an entire country waits on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to follow through on moving President Donald Trump’s impeachment case to the U.S. Senate for a fair trial, some senators have already begun remarking about their stances on the pending impeachment case.
According to The Washington Examiner, Democratic Sen. Doug Jones started off the week making headlines after he revealed that he needs to see “dots connected” in the impeachment case against the president before he would consider voting to remove him from office.
Jones actually made it crystal clear that he’s willing to vote to acquit Trump, if a lack of evidence points him in that direction.
“I’m trying to see if the dots get connected. If that is the case, then I think it’s a serious matter. I think it’s an impeachable matter,” he said. “But if these dots aren’t connected and there are other explanations that I think are consistent with innocence, I will go that way too.”
“What I really want to see, though, is to fill in the gaps,” he said. “There are gaps.”
His response came after he was questioned about Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s earlier assertion that some Senate Democrats might defect from the party and vote in favor of Trump during a Senate trial.
Jones denied knowing anything about McConnell’s prediction, but made sure to include that he believes the allegations leveled at Trump are “really serious.”
Further evidence that Jones may be so inclined to break with his party in a Senate trial is the fact that he represents the deeply red state of Alabama — a state that Trump won by 30 points in the 2016 election.
As CNN pointed out, Jones’ Senate seat is already being targeted by the GOP for the 2020 election. One of those gunning for Jones’ Senate seat is former Senator and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who plans on running in 2020 to re-take his old seat in the upper chamber.
Senate Republicans are expected to acquit Trump in a Senate impeachment trial, as Democrats simply do not have the required votes to remove the president from office, as it takes a two-thirds majority vote to make such a thing happen.