Report: Nearly ⅕ Republicans Support Trump’s Removal From Office
Seventeen percent of Republican voters support President Donald Trump’s impeachment and believe that he should be removed from office, according to The Hill.
The Jan. 8-9 survey marks a 3 percentage point increase from a similar poll conducted in late October and the overall share of voters who support Trump’s removal from office ticked up to 48 percent.
The share of Democratic voters who favor impeachment stood at 80 percent while the share of independents increased to 42 percent.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is expected to sent two articles of impeachment -- abuse of power and obstruction of Congress -- to the Senate later this week, following a long standoff with Republicans on the rules of the upcoming trial.
After the articles are sent, the trial can begin immediately. However, 67 votes are needed for conviction, and Trump is expected to be acquitted by the GOP-controlled Senate.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has made his position clear that he would prefer Trump’s trial to include no witness testimony, but Democrats need just four Republicans to agree to call witnesses such as former national security adviser John Bolton and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.