Seven Republican senators voted on Saturday to convict former President Donald J. Trump in the most bipartisan vote for a presidential impeachment conviction in U.S. history. The margin was still 10 votes less than the two-thirds needed to find him guilty.
Who are the seven senators? Only one – Lisa Murkowski – is re-elected next year and she survived attacks from the front right. Two are retiring and three won new terms in November, so they won’t face voters until 2026.
Richard M. Burr from North Carolina
Mr. Burr, 65, a senator since 2005, is not seeking re-election in 2022. Although he held Mr. Trump immediately responsible for the riot on Capitol Hill, he had voted against continuing the impeachment trial, and his decision to condemn came as a surprise.
“As I said on January 6, the president bears responsibility for these tragic events,” Burr said in a statement on Saturday. “The evidence is compelling that President Trump is guilty of inciting an insurgency against a branch of the same government and that the prosecution rises to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors. Therefore, I voted to condemn.
Mr. Cassidy, 63, senator since 2015, has just been re-elected. A few weeks ago, he voted against continuing the trial, but said he was persuaded by impeachment officials in the House.
“Our Constitution and our country are more important than anyone,” Mr. Cassidy said. “I voted to condemn President Trump because he is guilty.”
Susan Collins from Maine
Ms Collins, 68, a senator since 1997, has just been re-elected for a fifth term. She has long criticized Mr. Trump’s actions, extending to the Capitol Riot.
“This attack was not a spontaneous outbreak of violence,” Collins told the Senate after the vote. “Rather, it was the culmination of a constant stream of provocations from President Trump aimed at overturning the results of the presidential election.”
Lisa Murkowski from Alaska
Ms Murkowski, 63, a senator since 2002, is re-elected in 2022. She appealed for Democrats and Independents and won a written campaign in 2010 after losing the Republican primary. She harshly criticized Mr. Trump’s actions before and during the rampage on Capitol Hill, calling his conduct “illegal.”
“It‘s not about me, my life and my job,” Murkowski told a Politico reporter who asked her about the political risk she took with her vote. “This is really what we stand for. If I can’t say what I think our president should represent, then why should I ask the Alaskans to support me?
Mitt Romney from Utah
Mr. Romney, 73, a senator since 2019, is the only Republican to vote to convict Mr. Trump in his first impeachment trial. A former presidential candidate, he made it clear after the attack on Capitol Hill that he held Mr. Trump responsible.
“President Trump attempted to corrupt the election by pressuring Georgia’s secretary of state to falsify election results in his state,” Romney said in a statement on Saturday. “President Trump instigated an insurgency against Congress by using the power of his office to summon his supporters to Washington on January 6 and urging them to march on Capitol Hill during the electoral count. He did so despite the obvious and well-known threats of violence that day. President Trump also violated his oath by failing to protect the Capitol, the Vice President, and others on Capitol Hill. Each of these conclusions compels me to support the conviction.
Ben Sasse from Nebraska
Mr. Sasse, 48, senator since 2015, has just been re-elected. He has frequently criticized Mr. Trump and has indicated he is prepared to condemn the former president.
“On election night in 2014, I promised the Nebraskans to always vote my conscience even if it was against the partisan trend,” Sasse said in a statement. “During my first speech here in the Senate in November 2015, I promised to speak up when a president – even of my own party – exceeds his powers. I cannot go back on my word, and Congress cannot lower our standards on such a serious issue, just because it is politically expedient.
Patrick J. Toomey from Pennsylvania
Mr. Toomey, 59, a senator since 2011, is not seeking re-election in 2022. He had denounced Mr. Trump’s conduct; in a statement on Saturday, he said he decided at trial that the former president deserved to be found guilty.
“I listened to the arguments from both sides,” Mr. Toomey said, “and I thought the arguments for sentencing were much stronger.