A large majority of congressional Republicans would rather see Vice President Mike Pence as commander in chief than current President Donald Trump, according to a report.
News site Axios alleges that it is widely known that if the GOP had a free choice, 90 percent of Republicans would back Pence as president.
The article points out that nobody is yet prepared to discuss the matter publicly. However, Axios adds that such a high level of support for Pence could mean that if congressional Republicans turn against Trump, they will do so rapidly.
Survey data from the fall of 2016 reported by The Washington Post showed that for the first time in five decades, the vice-presidential candidate was more popular among Republicans than the presidential nominee. Pence was rated on average 6 percentage points higher than Trump. While 43 percent of Republicans rated Pence higher than Trump, 34 percent put Trump above his running mate.
The article goes on to note that these figures were obtained prior to Trump winning the presidency. In the wake of the election, many Republicans rallied around the billionaire businessman.
When Republicans attempted to impeach former President Bill Clinton in the 1990s, he relied on strong support from the Democrats for his survival.
Calls for impeaching Trump have grown over recent months. On June 12, Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman of California introduced an article of impeachment against Trump in the House, accusing him of obstruction of justice in a federal investigation.
Sherman's article refers to Trump's alleged attempt to persuade former FBI Director James Comey to shut down the agency's investigation into Michael Flynn, who served as Trump's national security adviser until he was dismissed by the president in February.
"In all of this, Donald John Trump has acted in a manner contrary to his trust as President and subversive of constitutional government to the great prejudice to the cause of law and justice and to the manifest injury of the people of the United States," the article of impeachment states, according to The Hill.
Sherman penned a letter to his House colleagues, suggesting he would seek to force a floor vote on the matter.
"I would hope that the article, once submitted, would receive expeditious consideration by the Judiciary Committee. However, if it becomes clear that such consideration is not forthcoming, I (after consultation with colleagues and leadership) will make a privileged motion that the entire House of Representatives immediately debate the article," wrote Sherman.
Leading Democrats have so far avoided calling for Trump's impeachment and there has been no support from Republicans.