It looks like the ultimate vote to acquit Trump might be a little more bipartisan that we’d previously thought:
LA TIMES – Just after President Trump’s defense lawyers ended arguments in their Senate trial Tuesday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California became the first Democrat to suggest that she could vote to acquit him, despite serious concerns about his character.
“Nine months left to go, the people should judge. We are a republic, we are based on the will of the people — the people should judge,” Feinstein said Tuesday, after the president’s team finished a three-day presentation in his defense. “That was my view and it still is my view.”
Still, she indicated that arguments in the trial about Trump’s character and fitness for office had left her undecided. “What changed my opinion as this went on,” she said, is a realization that “impeachment isn’t about one offense. It’s really about the character and ability and physical and mental fitness of the individual to serve the people, not themselves.”
Asked whether she would ultimately vote to acquit, she demurred, saying, “We’re not finished.”
For Feinstein to come over and vote with Republicans to acquit the president of impeachment would be a big deal. I’m honestly surprised to hear she’s even considering it. I’m not going to hold my breath, but it would be a welcome surprise and give credence to the Republican argument that Democrats have not made their case.
Joe Manchin is another one that is always on the radar, considering he lives in red state. He was on with Cavuto today and boy does he ever want witnesses. He says he hasn’t made his mind up, but said it will be very challenging if he doesn’t get to hear from Bolton, Mulvaney, and others in Trump’s circle.
While we’re on the topic, it’s being reported now that McConnell said in today’s meeting that we’ve reported on already that he doesn’t yet have the votes to block witnesses. This is no surprise, however, considering that both Murkowski and Alexander said they haven’t made up their minds yet.
UPDATE: Feinstein is now suggesting that the LA Times took her remarks out of context and that maybe she won’t vote to acquit the president…
The LA Times misunderstood what I said today. Before the trial I said I'd keep an open mind. Now that both sides made their cases, it’s clear the president’s actions were wrong. He withheld vital foreign assistance for personal political gain. That can’t be allowed to stand.
— Senator Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) January 28, 2020