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

Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyCoronavirus pushes GOP's Biden-Burisma probe to back burner Lawmakers, labor leaders ramp up calls to use Defense Production Act Senate rejects GOP attempt to change unemployment benefits in coronavirus stimulus bill 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 TrumpWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Coronavirus hits defense contractor jobs Wake up America, your country doesn't value your life MORE after House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSunday shows preview: Lawmakers, state governors talk coronavirus, stimulus package and resources as pandemic rages on Attacking the Affordable Care Act in the time of COVID-19 DC argues it is shortchanged by coronavirus relief bill 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.