SPRINGFIELD — Missouri Senator Roy Blunt says the votes along party lines will likely be a theme going forward.
The House Judiciary Committee moved another step closer to impeaching President Donald Trump today.
Articles of Impeachment against the President were approved for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Missouri Republican Senator Roy Blunt says Friday’s development was predictable, and he discussed what is still to come.
The House Judiciary Committee, headed up by Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), made a bit of a surprising move yesterday.
After the committee debated the articles for 14 hours on Thursday, Nadler tabled the vote for Friday, and it went along party lines passing 23-17.
Now it moves onto a full House vote next Wednesday. It is expected that the vote will move for impeachment, but in order to remove President Trump from office — the Senate will need a two-thirds vote.
Senator Blunt says is highly unlikely, but they will do their due diligence.
“We will take it up, we will let the impeachment managers from the house make their case. We’ll also let the President’s attorneys have the first opportunity they’ve had to publicly make their case, then we’ll see what happens after that case is made by both sides,” Blunt says.
Blunt thinks the Senate trial is where the impeachment process will end.
“My guess is the bipartisan vote next week when the house votes on Articles of Impeachment is all the Republicans, and at least a handful of Democrats not to impeach. I think that’s a pretty good indication of what is likely to happen when this issue is taken up by the Senate, says Blunt.”
That Senate trial will go through January and could even spill over into February depending on the number of witnesses called.
If the trial is prolonged by Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, KOLR10 Political Analyst Dr. Brian Calfano says it could take a lot of media attention away from democratic presidential candidates during those final crucial weeks leading up to the primaries.
“That is going to be political death to some of these candidates. Especially when you think about Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders who are sitting U.S. Senators and top contenders for that democratic nomination having to go back to Washington D.C. to sit in the Senate, and basically listen to a lot of witnesses come forward that are going to be controlled by Republican rules. They’ll essentially have no time to get out there and campaign in those last few weeks heading into Iowa and New Hampshire,” says Calfano.
The first primary vote for 2020 starts in Iowa on February 3.
The Senate Impeachment trial could still be going on at that time, which will need a two-thirds vote to remove President Trump from office.