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Democratic senator says he knows 'handful' of GOP colleagues considering vote to remove Trump

Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyDemocrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks Biden decides on pick for secretary of State Overnight Defense: Formal negotiations inch forward on defense bill with Confederate base name language | Senators look to block B UAE arms sales | Trump administration imposes Iran sanctions over human rights abuses MORE (D-Conn.) on Friday said that he has spoken with a "handful" of Republican colleagues who would consider voting to remove President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump MORE after House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiUS economy hurtles toward 'COVID cliff' with programs set to expire Democrats gear up for last oversight showdown with Trump Divided citizenry and government — a call to action for common ground MORE (D-Calif.) said the House will move to impeach him

Asked during an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" whether he has spoken with "a single GOP colleague in the Senate who's even considering voting for impeachment," Murphy answered affirmatively.

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"Yes," he said, while declining to name any colleagues.  

"It's a small list, on one hand," Murphy said. 

The senator also pushed back against calls for an anonymous removal vote. 

"I don't buy this secret ballot thing. If there was a secret ballot, there'd still be only a handful of them that would vote to impeach this guy," he said. 

If the House votes to impeach the president, the focus would shift to a Senate trial to decide on if Trump should be removed. Two-thirds of the GOP-held Senate would have to vote to remove Trump for him to be forced from office, meaning at least 20 Republican senators would need to support the move.

Murphy said he thought there was a maximum of five Republican senators who might vote to remove Trump.

 

Pelosi said Thursday that she has asked House committee chairmen to "proceed with articles of impeachment" following weeks of impeachment hearings.