“There is no love lost within the Senate Republican Conference for Trump,” said one GOP source familiar with internal discussions. “Everybody is ready for this end. But there is a really open question about how many people will vote to convict him after his term will have expired.”
Several senior GOP sources told CNN on Thursday that many Republicans are torn over whether Trump’s actions warrant the unprecedented step of prohibiting him from ever serving in office again after he leaves the White House next week.
Republicans say it will ultimately be up to a combination of factors — the case built by House impeachment managers, whether new information comes out about Trump and the deadly Capitol riot and whether emotions are still raw when it comes time to vote — to determine whether Republicans will break ranks and end Trump’s political career for good.