Votes by Florida's Scott and Rubio help ensure Trump won't be convicted

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In a statement after the trial, Mr Trump said it was "a sad commentary on our times" that the Democrats had been given a "free pass to transform justice into a tool of political vengeance, and persecute, blacklist, cancel and suppress all people and viewpoints with whom or which they disagree".

Perhaps the day's most surprising GOP defector was Burr, a 16-year Senate veteran who keeps a low profile in Washington and after years as top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee is used to telegraphing little about his views.

"There is no question, none, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for promoting the event of that day", he said.

He expanded on his rationale on the Senate floor after Saturday's roll call, making clear his enmity toward Trump's actions.

"I voted to convict President Trump because he is guilty".

Cassidy, 63 and a physician, had initially sided with the vast majority of Senate Republicans who voted last month to block the trial from moving forward.

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"President Trump is still liable for everything he did while he was in office, as an ordinary citizen", he said.

"GOP senators who vote to acquit may be protecting themselves against primary challenges from the more extreme wing of their party in 2022, or even 2024", Schiller said. "That's when, according to McCarthy, the president said: 'Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are'". "House managers made fools of themselves". "This was his essential M.O. He knew that, egged on by his tweets, his lies and his promise of a "wild" time in Washington to guarantee his grip on power, his most extreme followers would show up bright and early, ready to attack, ready to engage in violence, ready to "fight like hell" for their hero".

"He's anxious about it", an adviser close to the former president told the U.S. network on Saturday night. He said he wouldn't vote against his own conscience "simply because it is politically convenient". Last week he excoriated pro-Trump Republican Party officials in his home state, telling them in a video message that "politics isn't about the weird worship of one dude".

Romney broke with his party again - as he did on one of two impeachment articles in Trump's first impeachment trial past year - and voted "guilty".

Trump is only the third president ever to be impeached by the House of Representatives - a step akin to a criminal indictment - as well as the first to be impeached twice and the first to face an impeachment trial after leaving office.

Presidents Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1999 were acquitted and received unanimous support from their Democratic Party.

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