A former Republican adviser made a precise and bold prediction about his political party and President Trump.
Ex-political consultant for failed presidential candidates John McCain and Mitt Romney claimed “30” Republican senators would turn on Donald Trump in favor of impeachment if the vote were held with a secret ballot.
Mike Murphy made the claim on MSNBC Wednesday while discussing the newly released transcript between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Murphy argued that the transcript proved misconduct by Trump and was “much clearer” than any alleged shenanigans in the Mueller report. The former GOP advisor used Democrat talking points by stating that the transcript fell short of proving a direct “quid pro quo” but unveiled a mob-like “shakedown” by President Trump.
“I’m telling you — these Senate Republicans, should the Democrats vote impeachment … are going to be pinned down to a yes-no answer,” Murphy said before warning that the GOP would lose seats should certain senators cover for Trump.
“And if they provide cover for Donald Trump for this, a clear violation of his role as president, we’re going to lose Colorado with Cory Gardner. We’re going to lose Maine with Susan Collins. We’re going to lose Arizona with Martha McSally. And the Democrats will put the Senate very much in play.”
The transcript from the phone call at the center of the Democrats’ latest attempt to impeach Trump became public on Wednesday. As BPR reported, President Trump asked Zelensky for a “favor” in regards to finding information regarding alleged meddling by the DNC into the 2016 presidential election. Democrats and their media cohorts have been using the key “favor” word to spin the story into sounding as if Trump was setting up a quid pro quo to take down his potential presidential rival Joe Biden.
Murphy was either a sucker for the media spin, or fighting for his former anti-Trump bosses Romney and McCain.
“I can tell you this … one Republican senator told me if it was a secret vote, 30 Republican senators would vote to impeach Trump,” he claimed.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on Democrats to launch an impeachment inquiry over the exchange between Trump and Zelensky. While Trump pre-empted Democrat’s anticipated “gotcha moment” the release of the transcript has done little to quell liberal lust to take down Trump over alleged misconduct during the phone call.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham was one of many vocal Republicans who has come out swinging against the allegations.
“From my point of view, to impeach any president over a phone call like this would be insane,” Graham said Wednesday. “Joe Biden is a very good friend, but we can’t have a country where one side gets looked at and the other one does not,” Graham added.
Wow. Impeachment over this?
What a nothing (non-quid pro quo) burger.
Democrats have lost their minds when it comes to President @realDonaldTrump.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) September 25, 2019
Also at the center of the controversy is an alleged “shakedown” by former Vice President Biden.
As BPR reported on Wednesday:
Critics relentlessly attacked Trump over the call and its alleged contents while ignoring the reported wrong-doing by Biden, who has denied ever speaking to his son about his business in Ukraine. But Biden admitted on camera last year that he strong-armed then-Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in March 2016 when he was serving as vice president in the Obama administration, bragging that he threatened to withhold U.S. aid if the prosecutor investigating the company his son worked for wasn’t fired.
According to Bloomberg reporter Steven Dennis, the number of Senate Republicans claiming an “impeachable” offense over the phone call is at “zero.”
GOP statements today most friendly to Trump: Thom Tillis, who faces a primary, and Lindsey Graham.
Least friendly: Mitt Romney, followed by Ben Sasse, Pat Toomey and Rob Portman.
Neutral: Murkowski, Collins.
Senate Republicans saying “impeachable” still at zero.
— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) September 26, 2019
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