Democrat seen as potential swing vote says he’ll side with convicting Trump in impeachment trial

Sen. Doug Jones, an Alabama Democrat facing an uphill reelection battle in 2020, said Wednesday morning he will vote to convict President Donald Trump on both articles of impeachment.

Jones was one of a handful of senators whose vote was still in question on the verdict of Trump’s impeachment trial, which will come to an end with a vote Wednesday that’s all but guaranteed to end in an acquittal.

The Senate will vote at 4 p.m. ET for each of the two articles of impeachment — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The outcome is a forgone conclusion: Senate Republicans have a 53-47 majority in the chamber, and so far no Republicans have said they will vote to remove the President from office. A two-thirds majority is required for conviction.

The final vote tally is still an open question, with a handful of senators who have not said how they are voting.

MORE: https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/05/politics/senate-impeachment-trial-vote-acquittal/index.html

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