Fox News anchor Chris Wallace said a “well-connected” Republican in Washington told him that there is now a 20 percent chance enough Republican Senators will vote to remove President Trump from office in an impeachment trial in the Senate.
Wallace mentioned the claim during an interview on “Fox News Sunday” with White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.
The Fox anchor cited a bi-partisan House vote criticizing the president’s policies in Syria and an op-ed from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) ripping into Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from that country.
“Withdrawing U.S. forces from Syria is a grave strategic mistake. It will leave the American people and homeland less safe, embolden our enemies, and weaken important alliances. Sadly, the recently announced pullout risks repeating the Obama administration’s reckless withdrawal from Iraq,” McConnell wrote in a Washington Post op-ed Friday.
Wallace said he had “talked to a very well-connected Republican in Washington, someone whose name you would know well, who says that if the House votes to impeach and it gets to a trial in the Senate, there’s now a 20 percent chance enough Republicans would vote with Democrats to impeach the president.”
He then asked Mulvaney if he was concerned about the president losing GOP support.
“That’s just absurd,” Mulvaney said of the 20 percent prediction.
“The comment about the 20 percent is just a person who clearly doesn’t know what they’re talking about,” he added.
Mulvaney added that Trump knew his decision to withdraw troops from Syria was going to be controversial and that it wasn’t going to be “politically popular.”
“The president is extraordinarily popular at home,” Mulvaney said, emphasizing his likability in swing states.
When Wallace clarified that he was referring to Republican lawmakers distancing themselves from the president, Mulvaney responded, “They have to go home eventually as well.”
Mick Mulvaney reacts to GOP criticism of the President's Syria playbook: "He (the President) recognizes the fact that it is not politically popular in this town to make the decision that he made to move troops out of Syria" Check your local listings. #FNS pic.twitter.com/lhtSl9NWv6
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