7 Republicans vote to convict Trump in impeachment trial

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7 Republicans vote to convict Trump in impeachment trial

Seven Republicans voted on Saturday to condemn former President Donald Trump in his Senate trial. This is certainly the largest number of lawmakers who have ever voted to find a president of their own party guilty of impeachment. While lawmakers acquitted Trump of instigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol, you voted 57-43 to condemn him – shortly before the two-thirds majority it took to find him guilty. With seven Republicans joining all 50 Democrats to vote "guilty", the Senate issued a distinctive bipartisan condemnation chorus for the former president that could have political implications for a GOP conflicted over its future. “If I can't say what I think I think our President should stand up for it. Then why should I ask the Alaskans to stand by me? “Senator Lisa Murkowski from Alaska told reporters. In addition to Murkowski, Richard Burr from North Carolina, Bill Cassidy from Louisiana, Susan Collins from Maine, Mitt Romney from Utah, Ben Sasse from Nebraska and Patrick Toomey from Pennsylvania voted against Trump. Late in the evening, top Republicans from at least two of the defected senatorial states underlined the dangers of insulting Trump and his legions of GOP loyalists. Lawrence Tabas, chairman of the Pennsylvania GOP, made a statement saying he shared "the disappointment of many of our grassroots leaders and volunteers" with Toomey's vote. The Louisiana Republican Party said, "We strongly condemn Cassidy's voice, saying its executive committee had voted unanimously to reprimand him. 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Even so, McConnell spoke scorching words against Trump in a post-vote speech that the former president was "practically and morally responsible" for provoking the attack on lawmakers when they officially upheld Trump's electoral college defeat by Joe Biden. Five people died and the House charged Trump with incitement to riot. Most of the defected Republicans had argued with Trump over the years. Burr and Toomey have announced that they will retire and not seek re-election when their term expires next year, and Murkowski and Collins have a history of conflicts with Trump over health care and other policy measures. Perhaps the most surprising GOP defector of the day was Burr, a 16-year-old Senate veteran who is holding back in Washington and, after years as the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, is used to telegraphing little of his views. The 65-year-old Grat will not seek re-election next year and will retire. In a written statement, he said Trump made unsubstantiated claims about a fraudulent election "because he didn't like the results". He said Trump used the presidency to "inflame" the rioters instead of forcing them to resign. "The evidence is convincing that President Trump is guilty of instigating an insurrection against an equal branch of government," said Burr. Also striking was the "guilty" vote of Cassidy, who was re-elected in November from a deeply red state in which the GOP supported Cassidy, 63, and a doctor, had initially sided with the overwhelming majority of the Senate Republicans, who voted last month not to move the process forward. But at the beginning of the trial he blew up a Shambolic performance by Trump's legal team and praised the Democrats for presenting a compelling case: “Our constitution and our country are more important than any other person. I voted to condemn President Trump for being guilty, "Cassidy said in a brief statement made after his vote in condemnation. Toomey, a traditional conservative, condemned Trump's efforts to reverse the election results – Trump's goals include Toomey's Pennsylvania – and encourage his supporters to march on the Capitol: "All of this to stay in power when they rightly lost," said Toomey. He said that because of Trump's actions "for the first time in American history the transfer of power from the president was not peaceful" and said Trump "betrayed the trust millions of us have placed in him." Sasse has long criticized Trump's authoritarian stance. Last week he pissed off Republican Party officials for Trump in his home state, telling them in a video message that “Politics is not about the strange worship of a man.” “Tribalism is a damn good drug, but it means our oath on the Constitution that we limit ourselves to the facts, "Sasse said on Saturday. He said he would not vote against his own conscience" simply because it is politically favorable. "Romney's" guilty "vote in Trump's first impeachment last February made him the first senator to ever vote to convict a president of the same party. The trial that ended on Saturday was Trump's second – making him the first president to be tried twice for impeachment – and the fourth in history Presidents Andrew Johnson [1868] and Bill Clinton [1999] were acquitted and unified by their Democratic Party well supported.

Seven Republicans voted on Saturday to condemn former President Donald Trump in his Senate trial. This is certainly the largest number of lawmakers who have ever voted to find a president of their own party guilty of impeachment.

While lawmakers acquitted Trump of instigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, they voted 57-43 for the conviction – just short of the two-thirds majority required to find him guilty. After seven Republicans along with all 50 Democrats voted "guilty", the Senate released a distinctive bipartisan chorus condemning the former president that could have political implications for a GOP that is at odds with its future.

"If I can't say what I believe our president should stand for, why should I ask Alaskans to stand by me?" Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski told reporters.

In addition to Murkowski, Richard Burr from North Carolina, Bill Cassidy from Louisiana, Susan Collins from Maine, Mitt Romney from Utah, Ben Sasse from Nebraska and Patrick Toomey from Pennsylvania voted against Trump.

Late in the evening, top Republicans from at least two of the defected senatorial states underlined the dangers of insulting Trump and his legions of GOP loyalists.

Lawrence Tabas, chairman of the Pennsylvania GOP, made a statement saying he shared "the disappointment of many of our grassroots leaders and volunteers" with Toomey's vote. The Louisiana Republican Party said, "We strongly condemn Cassidy's voice, saying its executive committee voted unanimously to reprimand him.

Democrats with long-term hopes of a Trump conviction would have taken 17 Republicans to prevail, which expectedly proved an unattainable goal. That hope died after influential Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Said he would vote for acquittal because he believed lawmakers had no jurisdiction over a former president.

Nonetheless, in a post-vote speech, McConnell uttered searing words against Trump, saying the former president was "practically and morally responsible" for provoking the attack on lawmakers when they officially confirmed the defeat of Trump's electoral college by Joe Biden. Five people died and the House charged Trump with incitement to riot.

Most of the defected Republicans had argued with Trump over the years. Burr and Toomey have announced that they will retire and not seek re-election when their term expires next year, and Murkowski and Collins have a history of conflicts with Trump over health care and other policies.

Perhaps the most surprising GOP defector of the day was Burr, a 16-year-old Senate veteran retired in Washington who, after years serving as the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, is used to telegraphing little about his views.

The 65-year-old Burr will not seek re-election next year and will retire. In a written statement, he said Trump made unsubstantiated claims about a fraudulent election "because he didn't like the results". He said Trump used the presidency to "inflame" the rioters instead of forcing them to resign. "The evidence is convincing that President Trump is guilty of instigating an insurrection against an equal branch of government," said Burr.

Also striking was the “guilty” vote by Cassidy, who was re-elected in November from a deep red state where support for the GOP is widespread.

Cassidy, 63, a medical doctor, had initially joined the vast majority of Senate Republicans who voted last month not to move the process forward. But at the start of the trial, he blew up a Shambolic performance by Trump's legal team and praised the Democrats for presenting a convincing case.

“Our constitution and our country are more important than any other person. I voted to condemn President Trump for being guilty, "Cassidy said in a one-sentence statement made following his conviction vote.

Toomey, a traditional conservative, condemned Trump's efforts to overturn the election results – Toomey's Pennsylvania was one of Trump's goals – and to encourage his supporters to march on the Capitol.

"All of this in order to stay in power when it has rightly lost," said Toomey. He said that because of Trump's actions, "for the first time in American history the transfer of power from the president has not been peaceful" and said Trump "betrayed" the trust millions of us have placed in him. "

Sasse has long criticized Trump's authoritarian series. Last week he angered pro-Trump Republican Party officials in his home state, telling them in a video message that politics is not about the strange worship of a man.

"Tribalism is a damn good drug, but our oath on the constitution means that we are limited to the facts," Sasse said on Saturday. He said he would not vote against his own conscience "simply because it is politically favorable".

Romney's "guilty" vote on Trump's first impeachment trial last February made him the first senator to ever vote to convict a president of the same party. The trial, which ended on Saturday, was Trump's second – making him the first president to be tried twice for impeachment – and the fourth in the president's history.

Presidents Andrew Johnson [1868] and Bill Clinton [1999] were acquitted and unanimously supported by their Democratic Party.

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