Two Democrat senators, who both happen to be in states that President Donald Trump turned red in 2016, have signaled that they are still undecided on whether or not to submit an impeachment vote against the president.
After three days of speeches by House managers Adam Schiff, Jerry Nadler, and others, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and Alabama Sen. Doug Jones want to hear what Trump’s defense team has to say.
According to The Hill, Manchin told reporters that he takes impartiality “very seriously.” While he did say that he thought Democrats did a “good job” during their presentations, he is looking forward to hearing from Trump’s defense team and will “see where we go from there.”
“I’m as impartial as I can possibly be, as I’ve always been. I’m wide open on this, and we’ll see where the facts go,” Manchin said.
Jones echoed Manchin’s comments in a later discussion with reporters, saying, “I’m hoping to hear the facts and the rebuttal from the president. So I think that’s only appropriate.”
Late last year, GOP senators were talking about how Trump’s acquittal might be confirmed in a bipartisan manner, with some Democrats joining Republicans.
“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,” Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in December.
The GOP isn’t worried about Trump being impeached as it would require 67 votes. In the senate’s current state, that would require 20 Republicans to defect from their party and vote alongside Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and his colleagues.