[Ed. – He means for conviction (or at least for running a trial in the Senate. The House impeaches, the Senate tries, and convicts or doesn’t). He’s retired from the Senate, BTW. I’m sure everyone still serving is ringing his phone off the hook to keep him apprised of these numbers. Remember when people thought things were crazy in the 1960s? Good times.]
Former Senator Jeff Flake caused a stir Saturday when he amended Republican consultant Mike Murphy’s comment that 30 GOP senators would vote to impeach President Donald Trump if they could keep their votes secret. “That’s not true,” the former Arizona senator said. “There would be at least 35.”
Until his retirement from the Senate earlier this year, Flake was among the small but notable cohort of Republican senators who remained vocal in their opposition to Trump after the election.
While most of the Senate’s 53 Republican members have stuck to the White House’s talking points since the House of Representatives officially launched its impeachment inquiry Tuesday, some have stopped short of towing the party’s “witch hunt” line, while others have previously voiced opposition to the president that may come back to bite him.