In a huge blow to Chuck and Nancy’s efforts to keep the Dems together on impeachment, a vulnerable Dem Senator just said he may acquit Trump.
Alabama Senator Doug Jones is the first of what will be many Dem Senators to defect from a losing cause after all, why walk the plank for a doomed effort.
Why risk your political future to impeach a guy who is more popular than Obama was at the same time in their presidencies?
But worse, he signaled the Democrats have not made their case yet and with nothing left to add that is a bad sign – if they cannot convince Dem Senators Trump is guilty how will convince the GOP?
From The Daily Mail:
Senator Doug Jones of Alabama says he could vote to acquit President Trump in his upcoming impeachment trial if his Democratic colleagues don’t ‘connect the dots’ and prove his guilt.
The Democrat, who faces a tough re-election fight – possibly against his predecessor, former US Attorney General Jeff Sessions – said the allegations against the president were ‘serious’ but he is open to voting not guilty because of ‘gaps’.
‘I’m trying to see if the dots get connected,’ Jones told ABC News on Sunday.
‘If that is the case, then I think it’s a serious matter. I think it’s an impeachable matter.
‘But if these dots aren’t connected and there are other explanations that I think are consistent with innocence, I will go that way too.
‘What I really want to see, though, is to fill in the gaps,’ he said.
‘There are gaps.’
The Democratic-led House of Representatives approved two impeachment charges against Trump on Wednesday over his pressuring of Ukraine to investigate a political rival, Joe Biden.
There is little chance he will be convicted and removed from office through a trial in a Senate controlled by fellow Republicans.
Democrats are pushing to call top Trump aides to testify, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants the Senate to consider the case without hearing from new witnesses.
Jones told ABC News on Sunday that he is in no rush to make up his mind.
‘People can make up their mind with gaps in testimony, but I would like to see a full and complete picture,’ the senator from Alabama said.
‘And we don’t have that because the president has refused to have his people come and testify and deliver documents.’