Adam Schiff and the Democrats are working behind the scenes to figure out what it will take to convince Republican Senators to vote to remove Donald Trump from office.
A group of Never-Trump Senators may have one trick up their sleeve.
And a top Republican revealed this secret plan to betray Trump and remove him from office.
Juleanna Glover served as a top aide to former Vice President Dick Cheney and George W. Bush.
She also advised the Presidential campaigns of John McCain and Jeb Bush.
Glover is a die-hard Never-Trumper and revealed a secret plan Senate Republicans can use to remove the President from office.
Glover stated that since the Senate sets its own rules, it would only take three Republican Senators to break ranks and vote for rules that turn the eventual vote on impeachment into a secret ballot.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he will immediately move to hold a trial to adjudicate the articles of impeachment if and when the Senate receives them from the House of Representatives. Article I, Section 3, of the Constitution does not set many parameters for the trial, except to say that “the Chief Justice shall preside,” and “no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.” That means the Senate has sole authority to draft its own rules for the impeachment trial, without judicial or executive branch oversight.
During the last impeachment of a president, Bill Clinton, the rules were hammered out by Democrats and Republicans in a collaborative process, as then Senate leaders Trent Lott and Tom Daschle recently pointed out in a Washington Post op-ed. The rules passed unanimously. That’s unlikely this time, given the polarization that now defines our politics. McConnell and his fellow Republicans are much more likely to dictate the rules with little input from Democrats.
But, according to current Senate procedure, McConnell will still need a simple majority—51 of the 53 Senate Republicans—to support any resolution outlining rules governing the trial. That means that if only three Republican senators were to break from the caucus, they could block any rule they didn’t like. (Vice President Mike Pence can’t break ties in impeachment matters.) Those three senators, in turn, could demand a secret ballot and condition their approval of the rest of the rules on getting one.
Glover piggybacked on a theory floated by Never-Trump Senator Jeff Flake that 35 Republican Senators would vote to remove the President from office if the vote was secret.
Three Republican Senators declined to sign on to a resolution slamming Democrats for running a rigged impeachment process — Susan Collins (ME), Lisa Murkowski (AK), and Mitt Romney (UT).
Those would be the likely three suspects to sign on to any scheme to rig the rules against the President.
We will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.