A Republican senator predicted the Senate would acquit President Donald Trump before the State of the Union is held in early February 2020.
Speaking on radio station KSSZ’s Wake Up Columbia, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) said he did not expect many surprises when the Republican-led Senate holds the impeachment trial of the president.
President Trump will have “a chance for his lawyers to explain why he shouldn’t be (impeached), and then we’ll have that vote and move on,” Blunt said.
The Republican senator said House Democrats have had plenty of time to make their case for impeachment, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) had not fulfilled her promise that impeachment must be something compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan.
“Nancy Pelosi said at the very start of the year that if impeachment wasn’t bipartisan, it wouldn’t work,” he said. “And it clearly was not bipartisan in the House, not a single Republican voted for the articles of impeachment, and a couple of Democrats didn’t, either.”
Blunt is confident that a Senate trial would be “pretty predictable” and would happen “quickly,” and President Trump could see an acquittal ahead of his State of the Union address.
According to the Washington Examiner, the State of the Union is scheduled on Feb. 4, a day after the Iowa caucuses this year, which means a quick trial of fewer than four weeks in the Senate.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said both Republicans and Democrats have “heard enough,” anticipating his chamber would have a swift vote on “the two very weak articles of impeachment” passed by the House.