Democrat Senators who were publicly undecided decided to vote along with their party to convict Trump.
Doug Jones of Alabama may put his reelection hopes this November in jeopardy by voting to convict Trump.
There will be so many who will simply look at what I’m doing today and say it is a profile in courage,” Jones said of the Senate floor “It is not. It is simply a matter of right and wrong. Where doing right is not a courageous act. It is simply following your oath.”
Senators are elected to make tough choices. We must study the facts & exercise independent judgment in keeping with our oaths.
I’ve studied the record for months. Unfortunately I believe the President abused his power for his own benefit.
My statement: https://t.co/uJkC497Vso
— Doug Jones (@SenDougJones) February 5, 2020
Republicans believe Jones’ vote will lead to his inevitable downfall.
Senator Krysten Sinema (D-AZ) considered as a possible vote against her party also chose to vote to convict President Trump.
“Today, I vote to approve both articles, as my highest duty, and my greatest love, is to our nation’s Constitution..The facts are clear; security aid was withheld from Ukraine in an attempt to benefit the president’s political campaign. While White House attorneys claim this behavior is not serious, it is dangerous to the fundamental principles of American democracy to use the power of the federal government for personal or political gain. Worse, they failed to assure the American people that this behavior will not continue and that future national security decisions will be made free from personal interests.”
— Kyrsten Sinema (@SenatorSinema) February 5, 2020
Senator Joe Manchin, considered a possible swing vote, also decided to vote to convict Trump “reluctantly.”
Voting whether or not to remove a sitting President has been a truly difficult decision, and after listening to the arguments presented by both sides, I have reached my conclusion reluctantly. My full statement: pic.twitter.com/yIgy6Qf5JZ
— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) February 5, 2020