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Democratic Senate Whip Says He Won’t Recommend Colleagues Vote to Convict Trump

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Democratic Senate Whip Says He Won’t Recommend Colleagues Vote to Convict Trump

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The Senate’s number two Democrat said Sunday he won’t tell colleagues to vote to convict President Donald Trump on the charge of incitement of insurrection. “We haven’t whipped it,” Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said. “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.” Durbin, speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” said he agreed with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who reportedly told his caucus members that the upcoming vote will be a “vote of conscience.” “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,” Durbin said. “This is the third time I will have sat through an impeachment trial. It’s …

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