An adviser who worked for former President George W. Bush and failed presidential candidates John McCain and Jeb Bush—all Republicans—is among those pushing for a secret vote in the Senate that would remove President Donald Trump from office if the House votes to impeach him.
The GOP holds a 53-47 majority in the Senate and a vote to convict Trump, removing him from office, requires “concurrence of two-thirds of the members present,” according to the U.S. Constitution.
While many members of Congress believe the Democratic-held House will vote to impeach, or charge, Trump, far fewer think the Senate will vote to remove Trump from office. But allowing senators to shield their votes from the public eye would help, Juleanna Glover, the former Bush adviser, said in an op-ed published the day before public impeachment hearings are set to start.
“By most everyones judgment, the Senate will not vote to remove President Donald Trump from office if the House impeaches him. But what if senators could vote on impeachment by secret ballot? If they didnt have to face backlash from constituents or the media or the president himself, who knows how many Republican senators would vote to remove?” she wrote.
Noting the Senate is able to set the rules for each impeachment trial, Glover said that if just three Republican senators “demand a secret ballot and condition their approval of the rest of the rules on getting one” then Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) could be forced to adopt the secret vote.
“Some might say transparency in congressional deliberations and votes is inviolable, and its true that none of the previous Senate impeachments have been conducted via secret ballot. But the Senates role in an impeachment is analogous to a U.S. jury, where secret ballots are often used,” Glover argued.
“When Electoral College gridlock has resulted in the House picking the president—the House elected Thomas Jefferson in 1800 and John Quincy Adams in 1824—that vote has been secret. And, of course, when citizens vote for president, they do so in privatRead More – Source