McConnell Says Trump Senate Conviction Unlikely

Takes Two-Thirds Senate Majority to Convict

AP News
November 05, 2019 - 3:52 pm

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WASHINGTON (AP) —  Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell says President Donald Trump is unlikely to be convicted and removed from office in the event of a Senate impeachment trial — at least based on what is known now.

The Kentucky Republican told reporters Tuesday that "if it were today, I don't think there's any question" that any impeachment trial "would not lead to a removal."

It takes two-thirds of the Senate to convict a president and remove him from office. That means at least 20 Republicans would have to vote to convict Trump if he is impeached by the Democratic-controlled House.

McConnell added that, "so the question is, how long does the Senate want to take?"

He added that Democratic presidential candidates — six Senate Democrats are running — might prefer to spend their time campaigning in Iowa and New Hampshire instead.