Senator John Cornyn has revealed that not enough GOP votes exist in the Senate to toss impeachment on arrival.
51 votes would be needed and 53 Republicans serve in the Senate.
According to The Hill:
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), an adviser to the Senate Republican leadership, says there are not enough votes in the Senate to immediately dismiss any articles of impeachment passed by the House against President Trump.
Republicans have discussed the possibility of quickly dismissing charges against Trump, which would just require 51 votes. But Cornyn said that would be a difficult hurdle for the GOP, which holds 53 seats in the Senate.
“There’s some people talking about trying to stop the bill, dismiss charges basically as soon as they get over here. I think that’s not going to happen. That would require 51 votes,” Cornyn told reporters Wednesday.
“I think it would be hard to find 51 votes to cut the case off before the evidence is presented,” he added.
Cornyn did say that he thinks the best solution would be to have a trial in the Senate should the House impeach Trump.
Worth noting is a Senate trial would require all Senators to be present in Washington for 6 days a week which would severely hurt the Democrat Senators running for president.