Many Republican senators “despise” President Donald Trump and would love to replace him with Vice President Mike Pence, according to Axios reporter Jonathan Swan — yet there’s still a chance none of them will vote to convict in an impeachment trial.
Republicans continue to defend the president from damning evidence offered in closed-door depositions in the House impeachment inquiry, and Swan said there’s no sign at this point that public hearings will push GOP senators over the edge.
“I think a scenario we need to seriously consider is zero,” Swan told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “I think there is not an insignificant chance that zero Republican senators defect if nothing new comes out and we’ve got the current set of facts that we’re dealing with.”
“We interviewed Mitt Romney, and he is supposedly the weakest brick in the red wall,” he added. “I mean, he’s not there yet, and just based on the interview we did with him, if he’s the weakest brick that red wall, it’s a pretty strong wall over there in the Senate.”
Swan said their public support for the president runs counter to what many Republican senators say in private — for whatever that’s worth.
“Privately they all — not all of them, but a lot them — despise the president,” he said, “say that they, you know, they wish they could politically get away with replacing him with Mike Pence. But none of that matters because, when it comes down to it and when they have to do things in public and they vote, they step in line.”
Trump rages at Sally Yates minutes before she testifies in the Senate: Greatest political crime of the century!
President Donald Trump lashed out at former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates on Wednesday, just minutes before she was set to deliver her opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“Sally Yates has zero credibility,” Trump tweeted, as Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham was speaking at the hearing.
“She was a part of the greatest political crime of the Century, and ObamaBiden knew EVERYTHING! Sally Yates leaked the General Flynn conversation? Ask her under oath. Republicans should start playing the Democrats game!“
Graham is accusing former Justice Department officials of abusing their power by surveilling some Trump’s associates during their investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election.
Trump makes pitch on Catholic TV: ‘Catholics like their Second Amendment so I saved the Second Amendment’
President Donald Trump this week made a pitch to Catholic voters based on his assertion that he "saved the Second Amendment."
In a Tuesday interview with the Catholic TV network EWTV, correspondent Tracy Sabol asked Trump if he had a message for Catholic voters.
"Well, I think anybody having to do with, frankly, religion, but certainly the Catholic Church, you have to be with President Trump when it comes to pro-life, when it comes to all of the things, these people are going to take all of your rights away, including Second Amendment," the president said, "because, you know, Catholics like their Second Amendment. So I saved the Second Amendment."
‘Jim Acosta is a fake reporter!’ Trump angrily denies reports that he ‘still doesn’t get’ coronavirus threat
CNN's Jim Acosta must have struck a nerve with President Donald Trump.
Trump angrily denied Acosta's reporting that some members of the president's coronavirus task force were alarmed that Trump kept trying to change the subject during Tuesday's meeting about the deadly pandemic, and sources familiar with the White House meeting feared he still doesn't understand the gravity of the situation.
“He still doesn’t get it,” the source said. “He does not get it.”
As some members of the task force tried to stress the dire nature of the situation to the president during the meeting, the source said Trump repeatedly attempted to change the subject.