Seven Republican senators voted on Saturday to convict President Trump on inciting the rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
GOP Sens. Richard Burr (N.C.), Bill Cassidy (La.), Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Mitt Romney (Utah), Ben Sasse (Neb.) and Pat Toomey (Pa.) broke with their party, dealing a substantial blow to Trump.
The GOP senators joined with every member of the Democratic caucus, but still fell short of the two-thirds majority — 67 votes — need to successfully find him “guilty,” the question before the Senate.
The support from Republicans is more than the GOP support the 2020 impeachment effort got, when only Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) voted for one of the articles.
With 45, and subsequently 44, GOP senators voting to say that Trump’s trial was unconstitutional, the number of GOP senators open to convicting was limited to a handful of must-watch Republicans.
Burr, who had previously said he wouldn’t run for reelection, had previously voted that the trial was unconstitutional, but voted to convict Trump on Saturday.
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