The 6 Republican senators who could vote to convict Donald Trump

The 6 Republican senators who could vote to convict Donald Trump

The 6 Republican senators who could vote to convict Donald Trump

The 6 Republican senators who could vote to convict Donald Trump

Several Republican senators are expected to break from their party to vote to convict Donald Trump following his impeachment for inciting the lethal insurrection at the US Capitol on 6 January.

A handful of Republicans, along with votes from every Democratic senator in the upper chamber of Congress, will not be enough to convict the former president – 17 Republicans would need to join all 48 Democrats and two Independents to meet the two-thirds threshold. But the split vote would represent the largest bipartisan impeachment vote in US history.

In 2020, Mitt Romney became the first senator to vote to convict a president of his own party during the former president’s first trial on charges of obstruction of Congress and abuse of power following the Ukraine scandal.

Ten Republicans in the House of Representatives voted to impeach the president on 13 January, seven days before Mr Trump’s final hours in office.

On 9 February, only six Republican senators voted alongside Democrats to agree to proceed with the trial, over a constitutional question of whether the Senate can proceed despite Mr Trump no longer being in office. Senators act as jurors in the trial.

The former president’s legal team will mount its defence on 11 February.

Bill Cassidy

The Louisiana senator surprised members of Congress by voting to support the constitutionality of the trial after the performance of the former president’s attorneys in opening remarks.

“They did everything they could but talk about the question at hand,” Mr Cassidy told reporters. “If I’m an impartial juror, and one side is doing a great job and the other side is doing a terrible job on the issue at hand, as an impartial juror, I’m going to vote for the side that did the good job.”

On Thursday, he told CNN that “the president continued to go along” with baseless election fraud claims. “That clearly had an impact. So, the point was made people felt as if they had no recourse because their vote was being stolen. The president built that story.”

In a video statement, he told his constituents he is working towards their common goal to support “our country, our constitution, our future”.

Susan Collins

The senator from Maine was among five Republicans who voted against an effort to dismiss the trial before it began. The vote – with the exception of Mr Cassidy’s – mirrored another vote on the constitutionality of the trial that was held on 9 February.

Like Mr Romney, she voted to call new witnesses during the former president’s first impeachment trial, a move that was overwhelmingly rejected by the then-GOP-controlled body.

Footage of the assault screened to senators this week “reinforces my belief that it was a terrible day for our country, and that there’s no doubt that it was an attempt to disrupt the counting of the electoral votes”, she told reporters.

Lisa Murkowski

“I’m angry, I’m disturbed, I’m sad,” said the Alaska senator, another Trump critic, after impeachment managers’ “damning evidence” and recreation of the assault on the Capitol.

“I don’t see how Donald Trump could be re-elected to the presidency again,” she added. “I just don’t see that.”

She previously had called on then-president Trump to resign following the riot.

“I want him out,” she told The Anchorage Daily News on 8 January. “He has caused enough damage.”

Mitt Romney

The Utah senator, among the most outspoken Trump critics in the GOP, was the sole Republican vote to convict the former president during his first impeachment trial, for one of two counts he faced.

Impeachment managers shared previously unreleased surveillance footage from inside the Capitol, including a clip of US Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman instructing him to move away from a mob that breached the building.

“It was obviously very troubling to see the great violence that our Capitol Police and others were subjected to,” Mr Romney told reporters this week. “It tears at your heart and brings tears to your eyes … That was overwhelmingly distressing and emotional.”

In the immediate aftermath of the riot, he said in no uncertain terms that “what happened today was an insurrection incited by the president of the United States.”

Ben Sasse

After facing criticism from his Republican-voting constituents back home following Mr Trump’s impeachment, the recently re-elected senator from Nebraska released a damning statement explicitly linking the insurrection the former president’s lies of election fraud that fuelled it.

“It happened because the president lied to you – he lied about the election results for 60 days, despite losing 60 straight court challenges, many of them handed down by wonderful Trump-appointed judges,” he said in a video statement on 4 February.

“Politics isn’t about the weird worship of one dude,” he said. “The party can purge Trump skeptics. But I’d like to convince you that not only is that civic cancer for the nation, it’s just terrible for our party.”

Pat Toomey

After the Pennsylvania senator condemned the former president as a “demagogue” who “chose to spread falsehoods and sow distrust of his own fellow Americans” during a speech to his colleagues after the riots, Senator Toomey told Fox News that he believes Mr Trump committed impeachable offences.

Senator Toomey will retire in 2022 – Pennsylvania’s current Lt Gov John Fetterman, a Democrat, has announced his intention to run for his seat.

The senator told reporters this week that the House impeachment managers made “very strong arguments” that were “persuasive and well grounded in the Constitution and precedent.”

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