GOP Senator: "If it was a secret vote, 30 Republican senators would vote to impeach Trump" (VIDEO)
Mike Murphy, the former senior adviser to both Mitt Romney and John McCain, told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell that "'One Republican senator told me if it was a secret vote, 30 Republican senators would vote to impeach Trump."
If true, this tells you how messed up politics is right now in America.
"I'll tell you, these Senate Republicans, should the House vote for impeachment, which I think is far more likely than not, are going to be pinned down to a yes or no vote. And if they provide cover for Donald Trump on this, a clear violation as his role for president, we're going to lose Colorado with Cory Gardner. We're going to lose Maine with Susan Collins, we're going to lose Arizona with McSally, and the Democrats will put the Senate very much in play."
Everyone keeps saying that if the House impeaches, the Senate won't convict. But, it looks like that's not entirely true. If they don't vote to convict, it means they aren't wanting to hurt their political careers in the nation's Capitol.
Here's the current makeup of the 116th Congress: 53 seats for Republicans and 45 seats for Democrats. There are also 2 Independents and they both caucus with the Democrats.
If the Senate receives Articles of Impeachment from the House and holds a vote to convict the president, they only need two-thirds or more to approve. That's 67 votes. Doing the math, it's clear that if what Murphy said today is true, there would be more than enough votes to send President Trump packing his bags.
What did we learn from all this? The Senate needs to hold one secret vote for the sake of the nation.