Here are the five Senate factions that will decide Trump’s fate

As the Senate embarks on the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump — only the third such trial in U.S. history — there’s intense speculation over how senators will vote in the case.

And while there is virtually no chance that 67 senators will vote to remove Trump from office, inside both parties are key blocs of senators who will ultimately decide how the trial proceeds and whether Trump gets the speedy acquittal he has publicly demanded.

The House impeached Trump on Dec. 18 on a nearly party line vote – no Republicans backed charges that Trump abused his power and obstructed Congress, while only one Democrat crossed the aisle to oppose both articles.