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Romney, Sasse, Murkowski Among GOP Senators Who Could Vote to Convict Trump

A Democratic-controlled Senate would need 17 Republicans to join them in convicting the president.

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At the risk of overstating the obvious... it's going to be a very bumpy week in Donald Trump land.

President Trump's severely weakened standing among his own party will come into focus today when the House is expected to impeach Trump for inciting a riot at the U.S. Capitol last week. A handful of Republicans have already said they'll join the effort, a number that could grow as the vote nears.

A handful of House Republicans have endorsed impeachment, most notably the third-ranking Rep. Liz Cheney, of Wyoming, who said Trump "lit the flame of this attack" and accused him of an unprecedented "betrayal" of his oath to the Constitution.

Others Republicans who announced support for impeachment Tuesday were Reps. John Katko of New York, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Fred Upton of Michigan and Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington. The impeachment measure is likely to sail through the Democratic-led House, with or without Republican support.

But impeachment is just the first step. A Democratic-controlled Senate would need 17 Republicans to join them in convicting the president. Ominously for Trump, The New York Times reported that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell thinks Trump committed an impeachable offense and is glad Democrats are moving against him.

Here's a look at the Republicans most likely to pull the trigger on convicting Trump.

Mitt Romney of Utah 

Romney was the only Republican senator to vote to convict Trump during his last impeachment trial, over the president’s pressure campaign on Ukraine. Romney issued a short statement Monday to the Salt Lake Tribune that didn’t mention specifically mention impeachment but Romney suggested he wanted to hold Trump somehow accountable: “When the president incites an attack against Congress, there must be a meaningful consequence. We will be considering those options and the best course for our nation in the days ahead.”

Ben Sasse of Nebraska

So far Sasse is the only GOP senator to say he'd definitely be open to convicting Trump. “I will definitely consider whatever articles they might move because, as I’ve told you, I believe the president has disregarded his oath of office,” he said. Sasse just won another six-year term.

Lisa Murkowski of Alaska

“I want him out. I want him to resign. He has caused enough damage,” Murkowski said in the days after the insurrection at Capitol Hill.

Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania

“I do think the president committed impeachable offenses,” he said, calling on the president to resign. But Toomey, who is resigning, also expressed hesitation that impeachment was the right move with just a few days to go in Trump’s presidency.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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