Durbin Says No to Whipping Senate Democrat Votes for Trump Impeachment Trial

Durbin Says No to Whipping Senate Democrat Votes for Trump Impeachment Trial

Incoming Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” that he did not anticipate the “arm-twisting” that would be a part of whipping votes as it pertained to President Donald Trump’s upcoming impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate.

Partial transcript as follows:

TAPPER: You are the Senate Democratic whip. Do you think every member of your caucus will vote yes on conviction?

DURBIN: I don’t know the answer to that. We haven’t whipped it.

I would agree with Senator McConnell in this respect. It is an issue of conscience. We will, of course, try to find out how members feel. But, in terms of arm-twisting, when it comes to impeachment, you don’t do that.

TAPPER: Just for our viewers who aren’t familiar, whipping means the majority whip or the minority whip — in this case, you will be the majority whip — telling your members, telling Democrats, in your case, how you want them to vote.

Are you going to whip it?

DURBIN: That’s the point I just wanted to make.

When it comes to an issue of this gravity and constitutional importance, members really have to follow their own conscience. It isn’t a matter of saying, come on, the team has to all vote together. It just doesn’t happen.

This is the third time I will have sit through an impeachment trial. It’s not happened in the previous two times. And I don’t expect it this time as well.

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