Senate Republicans have assured their House counterparts that even if impeachment articles move to their house of Congress, it will end with them, according to a report in The Hill.
With talk of impeachment heating up among disgruntled Democrats, Republicans are looking for a way to avoid removing President Donald Trump, most of whom believe he hasn’t committed an impeachable offense.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would have his hands tied and be required to act on articles of impeachment, however, they would require a 67 vote majority to convict the president, something that Democrats in the Senate aren’t likely to get.
“I think it would be disposed of very quickly,” said Republican Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham according to The Hill.
“If it’s based on the Mueller report, or anything like that, it would be quickly disposed of,” he added.
Likewise, Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn who serves as an adviser to McConnell’s leadership team, said be believes “nothing” would come if impeachment articles passed the House.
“It would be defeated. That’s why all they want to do is talk about it,” he said. “They know what the outcome would be.”
Currently, Republicans hold a 53-47 majority in the chamber, and Vice President Mike Pence would cast any tie-breaking vote necessary, and Senate Republicans are committed to giving any impeachment trial the least floor time allowed.
“Why on earth would we give a platform to something that I judge as a purely political exercise?” said Republican Sen. Thom Tillis.
“We have to perform our constitutional duty, but if people think that we’re going to try and create a theater that could give you the perception that this is a matter that rises to the level of Watergate, that’s nonsense.”
Even Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin is doubtful that there would be enough support in the Senate for such a measure:
“There are 47 Democrats,” Durbin said, according to The Hill. “On a good day, even when the president is at his most outrageous level, only three Republican senators will publicly say so.”