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Joe Manchin Said Impeaching Trump Is ‘Ill-Advised’

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Sen. Joe Manchin said House Democrats would be “ill-advised” to follow through on their threats to move toward impeaching President Trump in the coming days.

The centrist West Virginia Democrat told Fox News anchor Bret Baier that he thinks now is not the best time to file articles of impeachment against Trump because the Senate is not likely to convict him and President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn into office in less than two weeks.

“I don’t see any of that because there will be 48, still 48 Democrats, until we seat Warnock and Sen. Ossoff,” Manchin said when asked if he sees any scenario where Trump would be convicted by the Senate.

He referenced incoming Democratic Sens. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, who won their runoff elections in Georgia last week.

“So, until that happens, you need 67 votes. I think, my arithmetic, that means we have 19 Republicans. I don’t see that,” he said. “And I think the House should know that also. We have been trying to send that message over. They know the votes aren’t there.”

“I think this is so ill-advised for Joe Biden to be coming in, trying to heal the country, tryin… (Read more)