Impeachment Trial: Who are the 7 Republicans who voted to convict Trump?

Written by on February 13, 2021

While the majority of Republican senators sided with Trump and backed his acquittal, seven Republican senators joined the Democrats and voted to convict the Republican former president.

By REUTERS
 

FEBRUARY 14, 2021 00:15

US Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) walks to the Senate floor on the fifth day of the impeachment trial of former US president Donald Trump, on charges of inciting the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol, in Washington, US, February 13, 2021 (photo credit: AL DRAGO/REUTERS)

US Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) walks to the Senate floor on the fifth day of the impeachment trial of former US president Donald Trump, on charges of inciting the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol, in Washington, US, February 13, 2021

(photo credit: AL DRAGO/REUTERS)

 Donald Trump was acquitted in his impeachment trial on Saturday on a charge of inciting insurrection in a January 6 speech to supporters just before hundreds of them stormed the US Capitol.

While the majority of Republican senators sided with Trump and backed his acquittal, seven Republican senators joined the Democrats and voted to convict the Republican former president on the single charge. One of them, Richard Burr, had previously voted that the proceeding was unconstitutional because Trump left office on January 20, a motion rejected by the Senate.

RICHARD BURR

Burr said while running for office in 2016 that he would not seek reelection in 2022. The senator from North Carolina had already been unpopular with Trump’s allies for his work heading the Senate Intelligence Committee, which had probed Russian meddling in the 2016 US election. Trump had opposed the investigation.

BILL CASSIDY

The senator from Louisiana on Tuesday joined five Republican colleagues in voting that the proceeding was constitutional, reversing his stance from an earlier vote on the issue. Cassidy told reporters after the House impeachment managers presented on Tuesday that they had “a very good opening.”

BEN SASSE

The senator from Nebraska handily won reelection in 2020 and is considered a potential contender for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. He publicly denounced Trump’s false claims of widespread electoral fraud and said there was no basis to object to Democrat Joe Biden’s Nov. 3 victory.

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LISA MURKOWSKI

Murkowski of Alaska became the first US senator in 50 years to win an election with a write-in campaign in 2010 after losing in the Republican primary. She called for Trump to resign after his followers rioted at the Capitol on January 6 to disrupt the formal certification of the election by Congress.

MITT ROMNEY

Romney, a Utah senator and the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, has been a vocal critic of Trump. In 2020, Romney was the only Republican senator to vote for conviction during Trump’s first impeachment trial.

PAT TOOMEY

The Pennsylvania senator announced in October 2020 he would not be seeking reelection. He said in television interviews that Trump committed “impeachable offenses” and called on him to resign after the January 6 attack.

SUSAN COLLINS

The Maine centrist was the only Republican senator re-elected in 2020 in a state also won by Biden. She said Trump had incited the January 6 riot.

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