Seth Abramson @SethAbramson Attorney. @Newsweek columnist. NYT bestselling author of a book on Trump's Iran policy, Proof of Conspiracy (Macmillan, Professor. Dec. 06, 2019 1 min read

BREAKING NEWS: Some Republican Senators Said to Be Open to Convicting Trump of High Crimes and Misdemeanors and Removing Him From Office

1/ While getting to 67 votes, the number needed for conviction and removal, is another matter, Democrats only need four Republican senators to vote with them to create the historical record of a bipartisan impeachment in which a majority of the Senate voted to convict and remove.

2/ Moreover, if it becomes clear the vote to convict and remove will be bipartisan and represent a majority of the Senate, it theoretically makes it slightly easier for other GOP senators to vote for conviction and removal, though they will still think of their re-election first.

3/ Trump is, as ever, the wild card. If he makes the cataclysmically bed decision to testify himself, which he won't, it'll go so poorly that it could lead to a collapse of support for him. Even GOP senators don't want to watch the president commit perjury over 100 times on TV.

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