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McConnell: I doubt any GOP senator will vote to impeach Trump

McConnell: I doubt any GOP senator will vote to impeach Trump
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTop Senate GOP super PAC makes final .6M investment in Michigan Senate race On The Money: McConnell says Congress will take up stimulus package at start of 2021 | Lawmakers see better prospects for COVID deal after election Overnight Health Care: House Dem report blasts Trump coronavirus response | Regeneron halts trial of antibody drug in sickest hospitalized patients | McConnell says Congress will take up stimulus package at start of 2021 MORE (R-Ky.) said on Thursday that he doubts any Republican senators will vote to convict President TrumpDonald John TrumpStephen Miller: Trump to further crackdown on illegal immigration if he wins US records 97,000 new COVID-19 cases, shattering daily record Biden leads Trump by 8 points nationally: poll MORE and remove him from office, and predicted some Democrats could also vote to acquit him. 
 
 
"I doubt it. There's zero chance the president ... would be removed from office, and I'm hoping we'll have no defections at all," McConnell said. 
 
Republicans hold 53 seats in the Senate. Because 67 votes would be needed to convict Trump and remove him from office, it's all but guaranteed that the president will ultimately be acquitted. 
 
But there has been lingering speculation that at least one GOP senator could vote to convict Trump. Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyBitter fight over Barrett fuels calls to nix filibuster, expand court Democrats warn GOP will regret Barrett confirmation Democrats brace for nail-biting finish to Senate battle MORE (D-Conn.) grabbed headlines last week when he told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that he has talked to GOP senators who considering supporting impeachment but stressed "it’s a small list on one hand."

 
The three senators have been largely tightlipped about the constant stream of headlines about Trump's actions toward Ukraine and declined to speculate on the specifics of a Senate impeachment trial. 
 
McConnell, however, argued that not only is he skeptical that a GOP senator would vote to convict Trump, but that he also believes they could pick up Democratic support to acquit him. 
 
"It wouldn't surprise me if we got one or two Democrats. It looks to me over in the House, the Republicans seem to be solid and the Democrats seem to be divided," McConnell said.
 
Sens. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinBitter fight over Barrett fuels calls to nix filibuster, expand court Democratic Senate emerges as possible hurdle for progressives  Susan Collins and the American legacy MORE (D-W.Va.), who won reelection last year in a red state, and Doug Jones (D-Ala.), who is running for reelection next year in a Trump-won state, are two Democratic senators who are viewed as potential Democratic swing votes. 
 
Manchin told CNN on Wednesday that he's "very much torn" about impeachment. 

"I'm very much torn on it," he added. "I think it weighs on everybody."