Two Senate Dems Signal They’ll Likely Vote To Acquit Trump
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President Donald Trump's legal team gave such strong opening arguments at the Senate impeachment trial that two top Democrats are already signaling they could vote to acquit the president.
According to The Hill, swing state Democratic Sens. Doug Jones of Alabama and Joe Manchin of West Virginia know that voting to convict Trump will hurt them big time back in their homes states.
Manchin said Trump's legal team did such a "good job" that their arguments are "making me think about things."
"One thing that stuck in my mind is they said there isn't a witness they have had so far that had direct contact with the president. I'd love to hear from Mulvaney and Bolton," Manchin said. "I'll be very impartial til the end."
"I take my oath extremely seriously, my oath to the Constitution to protect and defend and my oath of impartiality. I want to see and hear from the defense counsel today and we'll see where we go from there," he said.
Jones also signaled willingness to remain impartial and consider voting to acquit Trump.
"I'm hoping to hear the facts and the rebuttal from the president. So I think that's only appropriate," Jones said.
It's easy to understand why at least these two Democrats are considering voting against impeaching the president.
Trump has seen a strong jump in his approval numbers since the impeachment trial began last Tuesday in the U.S. Senate.
Trump’s approval rating has climbed to match the highest of his presidency, boosted by majority approval of his economic stewardship even as Americans remain deeply divided on whether the Senate should remove him from office.
Trump hit 44 percent overall approval ratings from Americans, which is up significantly from his 38 percent number in October.
There were several other bits of interesting data within the latest poll, including another significantly higher number regarding the way the president has handled and managed the American economy.
Trump scored 56 percent approval rating on the way he handles the economy, which is up a staggering 10 points since September of last year and marks the highest scored number since he took office.
The more Democrats talk, the more popular Trump becomes.