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

Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyIran resolution supporters fear impeachment will put it on back burner Parnas pressure grows on Senate GOP Democrats request briefing on intel behind Trump's embassy threat claim 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 TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' MORE after House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiREAD: House impeachment managers' trial brief Desperate Democrats badmouth economy even as it booms Pelosi offers message to Trump on Bill Maher show: 'You are impeached forever' 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.