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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"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 MurphyDemocrats request briefing on intel behind Trump's embassy threat claim US citizen dies in Egyptian prison after hunger strike President Trump's strike of choice 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) ManchinTrump's trial a major test for McConnell, Schumer Poll: West Virginia voters would view Manchin negatively if he votes to convict Trump Pelosi set to send impeachment articles to the Senate next week 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."