7 Republican Senators voted to convict Trump in the Senate impeachment trial.
Richard Burr (NC)
Susan Collins (ME)
Bill Cassidy (LA)
Lisa Murkowski (AK)
Mitt Romney (UT)
Ben Sasse (NE)
Pat Toomey (PA)
Of the 7, 6 had voted that impeaching Trump was constitutional and were expected.
Somewhat of a surprise was Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina.
Burr had originally voted that the trial itself was unconstitutional, but explained “the Senate is an institution based on precedent, and given that the majority of the Senate voted to proceed with this trial, the question of constitutionality is now established precedent.”
In regards to his vote to convict Trump, Burr said “The facts are clear. The President promoted unfounded conspiracy theories to cast doubt on the integrity of a free and fair election because he did not like the results. As Congress met to certify the election results, the President directed his supporters to go to the Capitol to disrupt the lawful proceedings required by the Constitution. When the crowd became violent, the President used his office to first inflame the situation instead of immediately calling for an end to the assault.”
Burr will not be running for reelection in 2022.
After her vote to convict Trump, Maine Senator Susan Collins said “instead of preventing a dangerous situation, President Trump created one. And rather than defend the constitutional transfer of power, he incited an insurrection with the purpose of preventing that transfer of power from occurring.”
Senator Mitt Romney, the only Republican Senator to vote to convict Trump on both impeachment trials, said in a statement “President Trump incited the insurrection against Congress by using the power of his office to summon his supporters to Washington on January 6th and urging them to march on the Capitol during the counting of electoral votes. He did this despite the obvious and well known threats of violence that day. President Trump also violated his oath of office by failing to protect the Capitol, the Vice President, and others in the Capitol. Each and every one of these conclusions compels me to support conviction.”
ARTICLE SOURCE: newsthud.com