Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) told Fox News on Monday evening that the move by House Democrats to impeach President Donald Trump was “ill advised” and that they know that there are not the votes in the U.S. Senate to convict and remove the president.
Manchin made the remarks during an interview with Fox News anchor Bret Baier, who asked Manchin whether there were the votes in the Senate to convict and remove Trump for allegedly inciting a riot that culminated in violence breaking out in the nation’s capital last week.
“I don’t see any of that, because there will be 48, still 48 Democrats, until we seat Warnock and Senator Ossoff,” Manchin said. “So, until that happens, you need 67 votes. I think, my arithmetic, that means we have 19 Republicans. I don’t see that. And I think the House should know that also. We have been trying to send that message over. They know the votes aren’t there.