WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) – Seven Republicans voted Saturday to convict former President Donald Trump in his Senate impeachment trial, easily the largest number of lawmakers to ever vote to find a president of their own party guilty at impeachment proceedings.
While lawmakers voted 57-43 to find Trump guilty, the evenly divided Senate fell well short of the two-thirds majority required to convict an impeached president, acquitting Trump of inciting an insurrection for riling up a crowd of his supporters before they attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Senate acquits former President Donald Trump in second impeachment trial
By joining all 50 Democrats who voted against Trump, the seven GOP senators created a clear majority against him and provided a bipartisan chorus of condemnation of the former president.
Voting to find Trump guilty were GOP Sens. Richard Burr of North Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania.
The Maine centrist was the only Republican senator re-elected in 2020 in a state also won by Biden. She said Trump had incited the Jan. 6 riot.
“President Trump – subordinating the interests of the country to his own selfish interests – bears significant responsibility for the invasion of the Capitol,” Collins said on the Senate floor shortly after Former President Donald Trump’s acquittal.
Murkowski of Alaska became the first U.S. senator in 50 years to win an election with a write-in campaign in 2010 after losing in the Republican primary. She called for Trump to resign after his followers rioted at the Capitol on Jan. 6 to disrupt the formal certification of the election by Congress.
A closely watched figure in this week’s impeachment trial, Lousiana Sen. Cassidy voted to convict after initially voting for the trial to proceed Tuesday on the basis of constitutionality, a switch from a pre-trial vote in against its constitutionality. Cassidy told reporters after the House impeachment managers presented on Tuesday that they had “a very good opening.”
During Friday’s question period, after a back and forth over when Trump knew former Vice President Mike Pence was in danger during the Capitol riots, Cassidy’s one question to Trump’s defense team came as senators sought to confirm whether Trump knew Vice President Mike Pence, who was presiding over the certification, was endangered by the Capitol attack when he tweeted Pence didn’t have “the courage” to challenge the election results.
Senators question both sides over events of Capitol riot, political rhetoric
Senator Tuberville reports that he spoke to President Trump at 2:15 p.m. He told the President that the Vice President had just evacuated. I presumed it was understood at this time that rioters had entered the capitol and threatened the safety of senators and the vice president. Even after hearing at 2:24 p.m. that Mike Pence lacked courage. He did not call for law enforcement backup until then. The tweet and lack of response suggests President Trump did not care that Vice President Pence was endangered or that law enforcement was overwhelmed. Does this show that President Trump was tolerant of the intimidation of Vice President Pence?
QUESTION FROM SENATOR BILL CASSIDY (R-LA)
Republican Senator Tommy Tuberville twice told media he had informed Trump over the phone that Pence had already been evacuated from the Senate for his safety.
Sen. Tuberville stands by account of Fmr. President Trump phone call
The Trump legal team responded to Cassidy’s question by saying, “Directly no, but I dispute the premise of your facts.”
Tuberville recounted the phone conversation to reporters on Friday, saying, “I said, ‘Mr. President, they’ve taken the vice president out. They want me to get off the phone, I gotta go.”
Tuberville Saturday voted for acquittal.
Burr said while running for office in 2016 that he would not seek re-election in 2022. The senator from North Carolina had already been unpopular with Trump’s allies for his work heading the Senate Intelligence Committee, which had probed Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. Trump had opposed the investigation.
The senator from Nebraska handily won re-election in 2020 and is considered a potential contender for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. He publicly denounced Trump’s unfounded claims of widespread electoral fraud and said there was no basis to object to Democrat Joe Biden’s Nov. 3 victory.
Pennsylvania Sen. Patrick Toomey, one of seven GOP senators who voted to convict Donald Trump at his impeachment trial Saturday, said the former president betrayed his office by trying to “hold on to power despite having legitimately lost” the election to Joe Biden.
Toomey, who is retiring in 2022, said that despite the Senate’s vote to acquit, a bipartisan majority of senators believed that Trump incited the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol.
“That is an extremely powerful rebuke, and that doesn’t go away, and the American people are aware of what he did,” said Toomey, speaking by phone with Pennsylvania-based reporters a few minutes after the vote.
“The president has very badly damaged his reputation,” Toomey added.
Romney, a Utah senator and the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, has been a vocal critic of Trump. In 2020, Romney was the only Republican senator to vote for conviction during Trump’s first impeachment trial.
Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report
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Never forget, never forgive.
A very clear message must be sent to the Spineless Republican Establishment for their traitorous actions.
IMO there’s a HELL Of a lot more than just those seven..
BUT i doubt the moron voters, in a # of those states are going to kick them out….
I won’t forget, but the problem is the Republicans In Name Only voters will vote for these RINO Senator traitors.
and even if they don’t… the scammatic fraudulent voting system will flip the vote anyway.. as a reward for supporting the communist occupation of washington. There’s only one option left.
Many precincts here in Pennsylvania are already voting to censure Pat Toomey. I was never completely sure about him until now when after announcing he would retire and not run again he no longer was answerable to the electorate he would side with the Democrats. He turned out to be one of the establishment Republicans who has failed the voters registered as Republican by playing at being Democrate-Lite!
He’s probably already made enough money selling out the country. Notice how many people are bailing and (retiring) out of the lime-light… CEO’s…scum politicians… so called “news reporters”… leaders of small liberal groups in hopes of escaping any fall out or possible criminal charges when President Trump starts releasing the proof. Run ..Forest… Run… but you can’t hide.
He could have all the proof, it won’t matter, as NO ONE IN the injustice dept will do a damn thing about it.
These seven need to be removed from our government, and then removed from America. They are unfit to live within our freedoms, and should be in Venezuela or Cuba.
AND if possible, STRIPPED of their citizenship. JUST Like i feel, all those lawyers in the US who spend their time doing “Pro-bono” for JUST ILLEGAL ALIENS, if they REALLY LIKE FOREIGNERS more than americans, then fine. RENOUNCE THEIR citizenship and MOVE TO one of those foreign nations! AND Never come back.
treason and traitor mean absoluteley nothing in america anymore.
along with lying under oath, deception and even murder… the Clinton’s had dead bodies stacked up like cord wood at the governors mansion in Arkansas. Does anyone remember Vince Foster… Chappaquiddick Ted? There’s …NO… accountability or ramifications for their actions… now we the people can’t even vote them out. There’s only one option left.
NOT since we stopped PUNISHING those who earned those titles.
The Seven Dwarfs. What founding principal(s) do they think they are upholding? I’d like to hear their lame excuses.. Not that anyone in the media will even ask. It just shows no one is ever vetted that runs for public office.
Sung to the music of Lets Remember Pearl Harbor..
No point in voting any more. There is no one left to vote for. Welcome to the communist states of america.
Now take a knee, say ten hail bidens, and wave your hammer and anvil flag, like a good subject of the party…