January 17th – U.S. Senate Majority Leader McConnell told his Republican colleagues that they had the right to vote freely during Trump’s impeachment trial.
According to Business Insider on the 16th, McConnell has conveyed that he has not decided whether to support impeachment; but he told Senate Republicans to vote in accordance with conscience and not succumb to pressure to decide whether to vote for or veto.
Sen. Kramer, a Republican from North Dakota, said McConnell gave a message that asked Republicans to “vote according to conscience” and that “he has always respected members in this way”.
In the U.S. House of Representatives vote this week, 10 Republicans, including Congress Chairman Rep. Cheney, joined the Democratic stance and passed the impeachment bill by 232 votes.
In the Senate, Democrats need at least 17 Republicans to support, and even 18 Republicans to pass the impeachment bill. Kramer told Business Insider that the passing of Trump’s impeachment may mean that he is no longer eligible to run, but that doesn’t mean that he will leave him without a fight.
According to reports, Republican senators in the United States are worried that if they vote for impeachment in the upcoming congressional elections in 2022 and 2024, the Republican election will have an impact.
In addition, if the impeachment is passed by a majority vote, it will have a significant political impact on the national and the party, even about the political landscape in the United States after 2024.