6 republican Senators voted in agreement with Democrats that the impeachment of Former President Donald Trump was constitutional, according to NewsMax.
The vote ended 56- 44 as the trial began on Wednesday.
Democrats will need the support of 17 more Republicans to find Trump guilty of inciting insurrection.
Republican Senator Bill Cassidy voted as the sixth Republican to vote in favor of the impeachment being constitutional.
The other five Republicans to vote with the Democrats were Sen. Susan Collins of Maine; Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska; Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah; Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska; Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.
Cassidy said that House managers made strong arguments against Trump.
Videos of rioters seizing the U.S. Capitol and attacking police officers were shown.
Democrats believe that The former president stirred rallygoers and encouraged violence.
Cassidy said, “House managers were focused, they were organized,” and “made a compelling argument.” But, he added, “President Trump’s team were disorganized. They did everything they could but to talk about the question at hand and when they talked about it, they kind of glided over, almost as if they were embarrassed of their arguments.”
“I couldn’t figure out where he was going, spent 45 minutes going somewhere, but I don’t think he helped with us better understanding where he was coming from on the constitutionality of this,” Murkowski told CNN. “And I felt that (fellow Trump attorney David) Schoen did a … better job but I think they sure had a missed opportunity with their first, first attorney there.”
Lisa Murkowski said, “I couldn’t figure out where he was going, spent 45 minutes going somewhere, but I don’t think he helped with us better understanding where he was coming from on the constitutionality of this.”
“And I felt that (fellow Trump attorney David) Schoen did a … better job but I think they sure had a missed opportunity with their first, first attorney there.”
CNN said, “Trump was almost screaming as Castor made meandering arguments that struggled to get at the heart of his defense team’s argument, which is supposed to be over the constitutionality of holding a trial for a president no longer in office.”
a total of 17 Republicans would be needed along with all 50 Democrats to convict former President Trump.
The Nebraska senator handily won reelection in 2020 and is considered a potential contender for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. He publicly denounced Trump’s claims of widespread electoral fraud and said there was no basis to object to Democrat Joe Biden’s Nov. 3 victory.
The Louisiana senator changed his vote from his earlier one, backing arguments on Tuesday that the trial was constitutional. Cassidy told reporters after the House impeachment managers presented their side that they had “a very good opening.”
Murkowski of Alaska became the first U.S. 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 U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 to disrupt the formal certification of the election by Congress.
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.
The Pennsylvania senator announced in October 2020 he would not be seeking re-election. He said in television interviews Trump committed “impeachable offenses” and called on him to resign after the Jan. 6 attack.
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 Jan. 6 riot.