As we draw closer to a Senate impeachment trial, speculation is already running wild as to whether the vote will fall along party lines.
Now, Republican Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) has said that he believes at least one or two Democrats will cross over to the line to vote for the acquittal of Donald Trump, The Epoch Times reports.
Crossing the party line
As it stands now, we do not expect any Republican senators to cross over and vote with the Democrats.
There have been some rumblings from Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) about Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) process, but when push comes to shove, she seems to be on board with voting against the impeachment.
There are some rumblings of the such among Democrats as well — which could be a real problem for Nancy Pelosi and company. At least one Democrat senator has expressed concerns about the legitimacy of this impeachment, and there are rumors of more.
It was one thing to vote for an inquiry, and another still to vote to impeach in the House, but this vote is for the actual removal of Trump from office. With election season looming, there will be no time to recover if the Democrat effort fails.
Anyone who represents a moderate constituency who chooses to vote in favor of impeachment is going to have problems defending his or her position back home.
For his part, Perdue, in his statement, did not want to identify any of the possible defectors for fear of putting too much pressure on them. But he did say: “I really think we have people on both sides that are trying to get to a reasonable, nonpartisan answer.”
Who are the defectors?
While Perdue won’t give up any names, some have speculated that he is talking about Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Doug Jones (D-AL).
Manchin broke with his party on the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsich, and he has already expressed some doubts about Trump’s impeachment. Manchin has actually voted with Republicans more than he has Democrats on many issues, so Republicans definitely have a chance to turn his vote.
Sen. Jones is also a big question mark for Democrats. Jones is currently in the seat that was vacated by Jeff Sessions when he joined the Trump administration as attorney general. Jones represents a base that is more right-leaning than left, so if he votes in favor of impeachment, he is more than likely voting to end his time in the Senate.
Jones has also admitted that “there are gaps” in the dots connected Trump to having done something nefarious, so he is the one Democrat who is probably the least likely to vote in favor of impeachment. But only time will tell how the cards eventually fall.