Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) admitted on Saturday that Senate Democrats are not united on the issue of impeaching Trump, signaling a potential disaster for impeachment hawks within the party.
Murphy told reporters that “It’s certainly possible there are Democrats that are going to vote no on one of the articles, two of the articles. And I don’t have a sense where everybody is on the articles. We haven’t talked about it.”
He qualified the statement by saying that he doesn’t have “any reason” to believe that Democrats will not hold the party line on procedural votes, but his admission that Senate Dems haven’t talked about the party’s strategy as a whole in regard to the actual articles of impeachment is startling.
“Schumer may know, but nobody has done public or private whipping on this,” Murphy added.
The Senate trial has thus far been dominated by the House impeachment managers and Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), as most other Senate Dems have opted to keep a low profile during the presentation of the arguments.
There is some speculation that several vulnerable Senate Democrats could opt to vote to acquit Trump. In December, Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) mused that “there are a couple of Democrats who are thinking about” voting against the articles.
Those Democrats rumored to be on the fence include Gary Peters (D-MI), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). Of these, Manchin has been the most vocal in commenting on the Senate trial thus far.