WASHINGTON – Seven Republican senators voted to condemn Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial on Saturday and faced the Democrats on a major reprimand from the former president for his role in the deadly Jan. 6 Citol riot.
Though Trump was acquitted, the Senate vote between 57 and 43 against Trump was the most bipartisan vote for the condemnation of a president in history – previous presidents were elected solely by the opposition party.
The senators were Richard Burr from North Carolina, Bill Cassidy from Louisiana, Susan Collins from Maine, Lisa Murkowski from Alaska, Mitt Romney from Utah, Ben Sasse from Nebraska, and Pat Toomey from Pennsylvania.
This is how they explained their vote on Saturday:
Senator Richard Burr
“The president promoted unsubstantiated conspiracy theories to challenge the integrity of a free and fair election because he did not like the results. When Congress met to confirm the election results, the president directed his supporters to go to Citol to disrupt the lawful process required by the constitution. When the crowd turned violent, the president used his office to inflame the situation first rather than immediately calling for an end to the attack, “Burr said in a statement.” As I said on Jan. 6, the President bears responsibility for these tragic events.The evidence is convincing that President Trump is guilty of instigating an insurrection against an equal branch of government and that the charges rise to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors . That is why I voted in favor of condemnation. “
He added, “I am not taking this decision lightly, but I believe it is necessary.”
Senator Bill Cassidy
“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 statement.
Senator Lisa Murkowski
“I’m sure there are many Alaskans who are very dissatisfied with my voice. And I’m sure there are many Alaskans out there who are proud of my voice. And I’m sure that this is also the case with 100 of us who have just cast a vote, ”said Murkowski. “Because the country is divided. The country is divided. And the country has chosen a side that, as we can see, can be very aggressive and lead to violence. Politics is rough and we understand that. And I would like to think that we can argue about whether or not we need to raise the minimum wage or what to do on trade policy. Let’s argue about it, let’s discuss it. Let’s win, let’s lose But let’s stop this hatred. Let’s stop trying to denigrate the other side so that we can gain the advantage. Let’s just talk about our good ideas. And that’s why you shouldn’t like us, because you hate others more or trust them less. “
“I think what you saw, what you saw here on the sixth, was just a snapshot of the excitement that is going on in the country right now,” she added.
“It’s not about me,” she said. “This is really about what we stand for. And if I can’t say what I believe our president should stand for, why should I ask the Alaskans to stand by me? So there are consequences, I think, with every vote, and this has been a consequence on many levels, but I cannot allow my voice and the importance of my vote to be devalued by whether or not I find it helpful to my political ambitions . ”
Sen. Mitt Romney
“After carefully examining the arguments of the respective lawyers, I have come to the conclusion that President Trump is guilty of indicting the House of Representatives,” said Romney. “President Trump attempted to corrupt the election by pressuring the Georgian Foreign Minister to falsify election results in his state. President Trump instigated the anti-Congress insurrection by using the power of his office to defeat his supporters on Jan. To call out to Washington on January 25th to demand that they marched on the Citol during the vote count. He did so despite the obvious and known threat of violence that day. President Trump also violated his oath of office by speaking to the Citol, the Vice President and others in the Citol did not protect the Citol. “
He added, “Each and every one of these conclusions compels me to support the belief.”
Glad. I am Sasse
“An impeachment is a public statement of what a president’s oath of office means and what that oath requires presidents to do in the future. But here’s the sad reality: if we were talking about a Democratic president, most Republicans and most Democrats would simply Tribalism is a hell of a good drug, but our oath on the Constitution means we’re sticking to the facts, “Sasse said in a statement. “First, President Trump lied that he ‘won the election by a landslide.’ He lied about widespread electoral fraud and conspiracy theories, despite losing 60 direct legal challenges. Many of his losses were made by great judges he had nominated He attempted to intimidate the Georgian foreign minister into “finding votes” and overturning that state’s election publicly and falsely declaring that Vice President Pence could break his constitutional oath and simply declare a different outcome. “
He continued, “The President repeated these lies when he called his crowd – parts of which were known to be violent – to Citol Hill to intimidate Vice President Pence and Congress into violating our constitutional duties. These lies had consequences and put them at risk the life of the Vice President and brings us dangerously close to a bloody constitutional crisis. “
“Each of these acts violates a president’s oath of office,” he said.
Senator Pat Toomey
“He began with dishonest, systematic attempts to convince followers that he had won. His lawful but unsuccessful legal challenges failed due to a lack of evidence. He then put heavy pressure on state and local officials to reverse election results in their states.” Toomey said. “When those efforts failed, President Trump called thousands to Washington DC and inflamed their passions by repeating refuted allegations of widespread fraud. He called on the mob to march on Citol to specifically prevent Congress and the Vice President from officially confirming the presidential election results. All of this in order to stay in power even though it rightly lost. “
Toomey, who will not run for re-election in 2022, said Trump “betrayed” the trust of millions.
“As a result of President Trump’s actions, for the first time in American history, the transfer of power from the president was not peaceful. An illegitimate attempt by a president to retain power was one of the greatest fears of the founders who motivated the incorporation of impeachment agencies into the US Constitution, “he said.” I was one of the 74 million Americans who voted for President Trump in part because of his administration’s many accomplishments. Unfortunately, his post-election behavior betrayed the confidence millions of us have placed in him. “
Senator Susan Collins
Collins, speaking in the Senate, said the impeachment proceedings were not about “a single word” Trump uttered on Jan. 6, but about Trump’s “failure to keep the oath he swore on Jan. 20, 2017. ”
“This attack was not a spontaneous outbreak of violence. Rather, it was the culmination of a steady stream of provocations from President Trump aimed at reversing the results of the presidential election. The president’s unprecedented efforts to discredit the election results did not begin January 6 Rather, he planted the seeds of doubt many weeks before the November 3rd vote, “she said.
“My vote in this process is based on my own oath and duty to defend the United States Constitution,” she added. “President Trump’s abuse of power and betrayal of his oath meet constitutional standards for high crime and misdemeanor. For these reasons, I voted to condemn Donald J Trump.”
This article originally appeared in the US TODAY: Impeachment proceedings against Trump: 7 Republican senators voted in favor of the conviction