Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) seemed confident last week that he could garner enough votes to drop the impeachment charges against Donald Trump. But now, according to a new CNN report, the Senate leader doesn’t seem very confident that that would be the case.
CNN’s Manu Raju noted that a new Quinnipiac University showed that 51 percent of voters support impeachment, while 46 percent believe he should be convicted and removed from office.
And if that wasn’t bad enough for Trump, a full 66 percent of all Americans want to see former National Security adviser John Bolton testify, which means that two-thirds of all Americans want a fair impeachment trial.
FiveThirtyEight gives Quinnipiac a B+ in their polling, noting that their margin of error is closer to 4.6 percent, which is different from what Quinnipiac cites.
Q poll finds 51% of voters support Trump’s impeachment; 46% believe he should be convicted and removed from office; 66% want Bolton to testify https://t.co/Lf8eZKm5xA
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 13, 2020
“McConnell has made clear to his colleagues that he wants Trump to emerge victorious in the trial and is not willing to hold a vote that could fail, sources said,” wrote CNN’s Manu Raju, Phil Mattingly and Ted Barrett. “He’s also keenly aware of what a vote to dismiss would look like politically, according to Republican senators, and has shepherded his conference away from the idea for several weeks.”
McConnell would need just 34 votes to acquit Trump and stop the trial in its tracks.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said over the weekend that dismissing the impeachment and refusing to hold a trial with witnesses is akin to a “cover-up.”