(TargetLiberty.org) – On Tuesday afternoon the Senate decided, by 56 votes to 44, that the impeachment trial of a former president – who can’t be removed from public office – is constitutional. All 50 Democrat senators voted in favor of the controversial decision, but six Republicans also supported the decision. Who are the renegades who turned on President Trump?
- Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) – A long-time Trump critic, Sasse refused to support the former president during his campaign and has repeatedly come out with comments against him.
- Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) – A generally solid conservative, Toomey broke ranks with his party on January 9 when he said he thought the president had committed an impeachable offense in the run-up to the January 6 Capitol riot.
- Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) – Failed presidential candidate Romney has never supported President Trump and voted to convict in the Democrats’ first attempt.
- Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) – Collins, from the liberal wing of the GOP, is another Republican who has opposed President Trump since he launched his election campaign.
- Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) – Another liberal Republican, Murkowski was already showing her lack of support for Trump well before the November election.
Louisiana GOP says it’s “profoundly disappointed by Senator Bill Cassidy's vote on the constitutionality” of Trump trial. “We feel that an impeachment trial of a private citizen is not only an unconstitutional act, but also an attack on the very foundation of American democracy”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) February 10, 2021
- Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) – Last month, Cassidy was calling the second impeachment process unconstitutional. Now he’s changed his mind – but it’s still unclear if he’ll vote to convict.
These six broke party lines to proceed with a trial that’s likely to lead nowhere.
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