On the surface, Republicans have shown a united front — but some are saying that may not actually be the case.
According to Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), as many as 10 Republican senators are unhappy with how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) plans on running the Senate impeachment trial, The Hill reports.
At this point, there are at least two GOP senators we should be worried about going into a Senate impeachment trial.
The first is Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski (R), who has already said that she was “disturbed” by how McConnell admitted he would coordinate with the White House during the trial.
Murkowski tempered her statement by saying she does not believe the House conducted itself properly either, particularly in its rush to pass the impeachment. In her opinion, though, two wrongs do not make a right.
The other senator to be concerned about is Mitt Romney (R-UT). Romney despises Trump, and some say much of his distaste for Trump originates from Trump’s decision to pass him over for a role in the administration.
It remains to be seen, however, if Romney is willing to go against the party line when he is already struggling in approval ratings among his constituents.
It’s not very strategic
After those two, though, it is hard to imagine many more senators who would openly go against the party on this impeachment. It seems like it is wishful thinking on Blumenthal’s part, but it could be his strategy to create doubt and upheaval in the party.
“I’ve talked to anywhere from five to 10 of my colleagues who have very severe misgivings about the direction that Mitch McConnell is going,” Blumenthal stated at a press briefing on Thursday, according to The Hill. “My hope is that they will say publicly what Sen. Murkowski did, and really hold Mitch McConnell accountable.”
Democrats are also trying to shame McConnell for saying he will not be an impartial juror, but a quick look at how Democrats handled Bill Clinton’s impeachment tells you all you need to know about their virtue-signaling.
For instance, when then-President Bill Clinton was being impeached, now-Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) was running for his first term in the Senate.
Schumer claimed at the time that a Senate trial is “not a criminal trial,” justifying his decidedly impartial platform that was predicated on not impeaching or convicting Clinton. But Democrats clearly only care about fairness when it suits their own agenda.