A Senate vote to convict President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial is now a mathematical impossibility. More than 34 senators have indicated they intend to acquit the president, or have declared the House’s two impeachment charges against him to be insufficient to merit a conviction, according to a POLITICO analysis of public comments and official statements from Republican senators, as well as confirmation from Senate aides about their boss’ intentions.
Those declarations confirm what was already expected: that supporters of Trump’s conviction will fall short of the two-thirds majority required to remove the president from office. On Monday morning, a handful of GOP senators confirmed their intentions, including Sens. Roy Blunt of Missouri, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, John Kennedy of Louisiana and John Thune of South Dakota. Aides to Sens. John Hoeven of North Dakota and Deb Fischer of Nebraska similarly confirmed their intention to acquit.