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Here Are The GOP Senators Who Could Vote To Convict Trump In Impeachment Trial

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Bradley Devlin General Assignment & Analysis Reporter
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The House of Representatives voted last week to impeach President Donald Trump for “inciting violence against the government of the United States” in connection to the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6. While it is unlikely the Senate votes on whether or not to convict Trump before he leaves office, there are several GOP senators who could consider voting against the president.

The Senate comes back into session on Jan. 19—the day before Trump leaves office and President-elect Joe Biden takes office. A unanimous vote would be required to end the adjournment for the Senate to go forward with the process of impeachment before Jan. 19, according to The Conversation. Thus, it is unlikely the Senate will hold some kind of impeachment trial and vote with less than 24 hours left in the Trump presidency.

However, the Senate may consider action in the future once Democrats have control of the chamber to punish Trump, whether by voting to convict Trump after he leaves office or barring him from holding office in the future, according to Vox. Some Republicans may consider voting to convict because of their disappointment in or disdain of Trump’s actions in the lead-up and aftermath of the Capitol riot. (RELATED: After Trump, The Media Picks Its New Targets)

Lisa Murkowski

Republican Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski has said she thought the House acted “appropriately” after it impeached the president and sent the matter to the Senate, according to The New York Times.

Murkowski believes Trump’s “false rhetoric that the election was stolen and rigged” created a “pressure campaign against his own vice president, urging him to take actions that he had no authority to do,” and culminated in the Jan. 6 riots at the Capitol building, The New York Times reported. “On the day of the riots, President Trump’s words incited violence, which led to the injury and deaths of Americans — including a Capitol Police officer — the desecration of the Capitol, and briefly interfered with the government’s ability to ensure a peaceful transfer of power,” Murkowski added, according to The Hill.

Susan Collins

Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins has said “The president’s actions were absolutely appalling, and he bears responsibility for inciting the mob that stormed the Capitol,” according to Maine Public.

However, Collins has not come out to support Trump’s conviction just yet. “I am not going to pre-judge the outcome of the trial before I have heard the evidence. That would be an Alice in Wonderland approach of verdict first, trial second,” Collins said, Maine Public reported.

Collins believes there is still much to be discovered in the investigations surrounding the Capitol riot. Once the Senate trial puts forward evidence for and against censuring the president for his alleged role in the capitol riots, she will make her decision, Maine Public reported.

Mitt Romney

“What happened here today was an insurrection, incited by the president of the United States,” Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney said in a speech on the Senate floor after the riot, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

“When the president incites an attack against Congress, there must be a meaningful consequence. We will be considering those options and the best course for our nation in the days ahead,” the Utah Senator added, according to NBC CT.

Romney has yet to come out and say whether or not he would vote to convict Trump in the impeachment trial or vote to bar him from holding office again; however, Romney was the only Republican senator to vote to convict Trump in the Senate trial last year. Romney voted to convict Trump on one of the two counts in Trump’s first impeachment, according to The Washington Post.

Ben Sasse

Republican Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse has come out with some strong rebukes of Trump’s character over the years. He did the same after Trump’s handling of the Capitol riots. “President Trump has consistently lied by claiming that he ‘won the election by a landslide,’ and by promoting fanciful conspiracy theories about dozens of topics and people connected to the November 3rd election,” Sasse said in a statement, according to ABC NVT.

When Trump faced impeachment in 2020, Sasse did not vote to convict on either count, as reported by The New York Times. This time, things might be different.

“Since last Wednesday afternoon, before the Capitol was even cleared of rioters, it’s been obvious that the President was derelict in his duty to defend the Constitution and uphold the rule of law,” Sasse said, according to ABC NTV.

Pat Toomey

While Republican Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey said in an interview with Fox News that he thinks the president “committed impeachable offenses,” he still has not said whether or not he would convict Trump.

“Should the Senate conduct a trial, I will again fulfill my responsibility to consider arguments from both the House managers and President Trump’s lawyers,” Toomey said in a statement.

With the current timeline the Senate is working with, and the massive exchange of power taking place in Washington over the next week, Toomey believes it might be best to just move on from the Trump years.

“I think at this point, with just a few days left, it’s the best path forward, the best way to get this person in the rearview mirror for us that could happen immediately. I’m not optimistic it will but I think that would be the best way forward,” Toomey said in an interview on CNN. Toomey added that Trump may face criminal charges for his role in the Capitol riots, CNN reported.

Mitch McConnell

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is reportedly furious with Trump over the president’s handling of his election loss and the transition of power, as reported by WBNS. It appears that McConnell is not whipping the caucus into defending Trump or voting against impeachment. Rather, McConnell has told other Republican senators that the decision to convict Trump will be a “vote of conscience,” the Associated Press reported.

“I have not made a final decision on how I will vote and I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate,” McConnell wrote in a statement, according to the Associated Press. However, McConnell has reportedly “told associates that he believes President Trump committed impeachable offenses and that he is pleased that Democrats are moving to impeach him,” The New York Times claimed.

An anonymous top Republican close to McConnell told Axios that McConnell and “The Senate institutional loyalists are fomenting a counterrevolution” to Trump.

If that is the case, it might just spell conviction for Trump.