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CNN's Matt Lewis: Actually A Chance That Republicans Could Convict Trump In Senate


CNN contributor Matt Lewis believes there is a possibility 20 Republican Senators could switch sides and vote to convict President Trump if impeachment reaches the U.S. Senate. Lewis believes Sens. Mitt Romney, Lisa Murkowski, Lamar Alexander, and Mike Lee to be on that list.

DON LEMON, CNN: Right now CNN is reporting the president is telling Mitch McConnell that he's going to amplify his attacks on Republicans who criticize him. You say if President Trump's behavior isn't impeachable, then nothing is impeachable. Why do you say that?

MATT LEWIS, CNN CONTRIBUTOR: Well, I just -- I'd like to know -- so right now -- by the way, I'm one of the few people you'll meet who thinks there's a chance that there will be 20 Republicans. I'm not predicting it. I wouldn't bet on it, but i think there's a chance. We can go down the list.

DON LEMON: So you're saying there's a chance?

LEWIS: I'm saying there's a chance like Jim Carrey. I wrote about this at 'The Daily Beast.' I think Donald Trump is obviously very, very nervous about this, and he is doing everything he can to push back against it. But, you know, you go through. There are people retiring like [Tennessee Republican Senator] Lamar Alexander. You've got people like Mitt Romney who actually might do this because of principle. You've got people like Mike Lee, who live in Utah. He can get away with it, and he's a constitutional conservative. You've got people like Lisa Murkowski, who won a write-in campaign in Alaska. She can do whatever she wants.

So I actually think there's a shot that Republicans can get their act together. And, look, if the vote was held today, maybe not. But every day something else comes out. Donald Trump is the chaos candidate as I think Jeb Bush once said. You know what? In 2016, maybe we wanted a little chaos. We wanted some excitement. I think after three years, maybe we want to calm things down a little bit.

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