WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Fox News Sunday’s host Chris Wallace said that a “well-connected” Republican told him that there’s a 20 percent chance that Republican senators will support to remove President Donald Trump from office.
- The TV anchor mentioned this information in his Sunday show during an interview with acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.
- The WH official slammed the report and called it “absurd,” after all, it’s still very unlikely that many Republicans would support Trump’s impeachment.
Fox’s Chris Wallace said Sunday that a “well-connected” Republican told him that there’s a 20 percent possibility that enough Republican senators will vote to impeach President Donald Trump and remove him from office.
The Fox News Sunday’s host mentioned this information in his show during an interview with acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.
Wallace mentioned the overwhelming House vote slamming Trump’s policies in Syria and an op-ed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell criticizing the president’s decision to withdraw US troops from the Middle East country.
The TV anchor added that he had “talked to a very well-connected Republican in Washington, someone whose name you would know well, who says that if the House votes to impeach and it gets to a trial in the Senate, there’s now a 20 percent chance enough Republicans would vote with Democrats to impeach the president.”
Wallace clearly irked his guest when he asked Mulvaney if he was concerned about Trump losing GOP support.
“That’s just absurd,” the WH official replied. “The comment about the 20 percent is just a person who clearly doesn’t know what they’re talking about.”
Mulvaney added that the president knew his decision to withdraw troops from Syria would be controversial and wouldn’t be “politically popular.”
“The president is extraordinarily popular at home,” the acting chief of staff noted, mentioning the swing states where Trump is liked.
When Wallace said he was referring to GOP lawmakers distancing themselves from the president, Mulvaney responded, “They have to go home eventually as well.”
Earlier this month, the president decided to withdraw troops from Syria — a move that led to a Turkish invasion of northern Syria.
Trump’s decision triggered a bipartisan backlash, with some Republicans noting it had stabbed Kurdish allies now fighting with Turkey in the back while giving new leverage to ISIS, Russia and the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad, according to The Hill.
Since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi launched the start of the impeachment inquiry in September, with multiple polls over the past two weeks showing that a majority of respondents supported the impeachment of Trump, national polls have indicated support for impeachment has grown.
However, it’s still very unlikely that many Republicans would support Trump’s impeachment.
Source: The HILL