Seven Republican senators voted on Saturday to convict former President Donald J. Trump in the most bipartisan vote for a presidential impeachment conviction in United States historical past. The margin nonetheless fell 10 votes wanting the two-thirds wanted to discover him responsible.
Who are the seven senators? Only one — Lisa Murkowski — is up for re-election subsequent 12 months, and he or she has survived assaults from the proper earlier than. Two are retiring, and three received new phrases in November, so they won’t face voters till 2026.
Richard M. Burr of North Carolina
Mr. Burr, 65, a senator since 2005, shouldn’t be looking for re-election in 2022. Despite holding Mr. Trump instantly answerable for the Capitol riot, he had voted towards transferring ahead with the impeachment trial, and his determination to convict got here as a shock.
“As I said on Jan. 6, the president bears responsibility for these tragic events,” Mr. Burr mentioned in a press release on Saturday. “The evidence is compelling that President Trump is guilty of inciting an insurrection against a coequal branch of government and that the charge rises to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors. Therefore, I have voted to convict.”
Bill Cassidy of Louisiana
Mr. Cassidy, 63, a senator since 2015, was simply re-elected. Weeks in the past, he voted towards transferring ahead with the trial, however mentioned he was persuaded by the House impeachment managers.
“Our Constitution and our country is more important than any one person,” Mr. Cassidy mentioned. “I voted to convict President Trump because he is guilty.”
Susan Collins of Maine
Ms. Collins, 68, a senator since 1997, was simply re-elected to a fifth time period. She has lengthy been important of Mr. Trump’s actions, extending to the Capitol riot.
“That attack was not a spontaneous outbreak of violence,” Ms. Collins mentioned on the Senate flooring after the vote. “Rather it was the culmination of a steady stream of provocations by President Trump that were aimed at overturning the results of the presidential election.”
Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
Ms. Murkowski, 63, a senator since 2002, is up for re-election in 2022. She has enchantment for each Democrats and independents and received a write-in marketing campaign in 2010 after shedding the Republican major. She has harshly criticized Mr. Trump’s actions earlier than and through the Capitol rampage, calling his conduct “unlawful.”
“It’s not about me and my life and my job,” Ms. Murkowski instructed a Politico reporter who requested about the political danger she took together with her vote. “This is really about what we stand for. If I can’t say what I believe that our president should stand for, then why should I ask Alaskans to stand with me?”
Mitt Romney of Utah
Mr. Romney, 73, a senator since 2019, is the solely Republican to have voted to convict Mr. Trump in his first impeachment trial. A former presidential candidate, he made clear after the Capitol assault that he held Mr. Trump accountable.
“President Trump attempted to corrupt the election by pressuring the secretary of state of Georgia to falsify the election results in his state,” Mr. Romney mentioned in a press release on Saturday. “President Trump incited the insurrection against Congress by using the power of his office to summon his supporters to Washington on Jan. 6 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.”
Ben Sasse of Nebraska
Mr. Sasse, 48, a senator since 2015, was simply re-elected. He has been a frequent critic of Mr. Trump and had signaled that he was open to convicting the former president.
“On election night 2014, I promised Nebraskans I’d always vote my conscience even if it was against the partisan stream,” Mr. Sasse mentioned in a press release. “In my first speech here in the Senate in November 2015, I promised to speak out when a president — even of my own party — exceeds his or her powers. I cannot go back on my word, and Congress cannot lower our standards on such a grave matter, simply because it is politically convenient.”
Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania
Mr. Toomey, 59, a senator since 2011, shouldn’t be looking for re-election in 2022. He had denounced Mr. Trump’s conduct; in a press release on Saturday, he mentioned had determined throughout the trial that the former president deserved to be discovered responsible.
“I listened to the arguments on both sides,” Mr. Toomey mentioned, “and I thought the arguments in favor of conviction were much stronger.”