Senator Bill Cassidy defended his vote to convict Donald Trump following his impeachment for inciting an insurrection at the US Capitol, saying that “it was clear that he wished that lawmakers be intimidated” as they convened to certify the 2020 presidential election results.
The Louisiana Republican senator in an interview with the ABC’s This Week on Sunday said that the former president “continued to basically sanction the mob” of his supporters as they launched an assault inside the halls of Congress.
“Not until later did he ask them to leave,” Mr Cassidy said. “All of that points to a motive and a method. That is wrong, and he should be held accountable.”
Recall former President Donald Trump has just been unprecedentedly acquitted in a record second impeachment trial.
The senator was among only seven Republicans to vote to convict the former president; he was acquitted by a vote of 57-43, short of a two-thirds majority vote to secure a conviction.
In retaliation for breaking from the GOP, the Louisiana Republican Party’s executive committee unanimously voted to censure the senator.
“We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the vote today by Sen Bill Cassidy to convict former President Trump,” the group said on Saturday. “Fortunately, clearer heads prevailed and President Trump has been acquitted of the impeachment charge filed against him.”