Republican Senator Rand Paul made his predictions for how President Trump’s Senate trial will unfold: No Republican members will back it.
“I really think the verdict has already been decided as well. I don’t think any Republicans are going to vote for impeachment,” Paul said during an interview with the Hill.
Not only Republicans but Democrats too have already decided how they will ultimately vote, despite the trial not yet beginning, Paul contended.
“I think the votes have been decided. As much as anybody will be pretending to be judicious about this, I don’t think that there’s one senator who hasn’t decided how they’re going to vote,” the senator from Kentucky said.
Paul’s comments came with glowing confidence, adding he would be “very, very surprised” if a Republican voted with Democrats to back either impeachment article, “particularly after the way we’ve seen the House go.”
Despite the credence, Paul warned a vote to impeach Trump would be career-ending.
“I think if you’re pretty much no longer interested in running for office, or no longer interested in getting Republican votes, you might vote to impeach the president,” he said. “This isn’t just a policy difference.”
“When it comes to whether or not you’re going to impeach a president of your own party, particularly over a policy difference or whether or not he has lack of decorum or whatever, I think that’s something that a lot of voters will not excuse,” the Kentucky Senator added.
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The Hill reports:
The foregone conclusion: All 53 GOP senators will vote to acquit Trump on two articles of impeachment, while all 45 Democrats and the two Independents who caucus with them will vote guilty on one or two of the articles.
The expectation, widely shared within the Senate GOP conference, reflects a growing impatience among Republicans to get the trial over with as quickly as possible and creates a headwind against calling additional witnesses.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell specified last month that he would not be “an impartial juror.”
“This is a political process,” he affirmed. “The very things that make the Senate the right forum to settle impeachments would disqualify all of us from any ordinary trial.”
Despite the Democrats’ impeachment effort, the Senate has recently confirmed an avalanche of Trump-backed judges, according to the NY Post.
While Democrats have been unsuccessful thus far in removing President Trump from office, Senate Republicans have been successfully transforming the federal judiciary. Nine of the country’s thirteen circuit courts were dominated by Democratic appointees at the time Trump took office.
Now, seven of the thirteen courts have Republican majorities. This was one of Trump’s central campaign promise and now he has overseen a record number of judicial confirmations.
“Trump has had 50 of his circuit-court judges confirmed — far more than any other recent president at this point in their first terms. President Barack Obama managed just half that number, 25, in the same time frame,” NY Post reported.
“Altogether, 187 Trump-nominated federal judges have been confirmed by the Senate — outpacing the 169 new judges named by George W. Bush and the 166 brought on board by Bill Clinton in their first three years.”
“Senators approved two Trump nominees, Patrick Bumatay and Lawrence VanDyke, for seats on Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Dec. 10 and 11 as the House Judiciary Committee tussled over the phrasing of its impeachment articles,” the report added.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel told radio host Hugh Hewitt, “The pace is dramatic. My motto for the remainder of this Congress is ‘leave no vacancy behind.’”
Cornell Law School professor William Jacobson added, “The judicial confirmations have been Trump’s greatest achievement, as far as conservatives are concerned. These Trump justices will be on the bench for 25 to 30 years,” Jacobson concluded.