Cassidy to convict former President Trump.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi denounced the senators who made Trump's acquittal possible as a "cowardly group of Republicans" and blamed McConnell for not allowing the House to deliver the impeachment charge to the Senate while Trump was still in the White House. Burr and Toomey have said they will retire and not seek reelection when their terms expire next year, and Murkowski and Collins have histories of clashing with Trump over health care and other policies. By any standard, managers from the House of Representatives established that Trump bears responsibility for the violent assault on the Capitol by crazed supporters eager to stop Congress from ratifying Joe Biden's victory in a free and fair election.
In comments that echoed the prosecution's case, McConnell said Trump had orchestrated "an intensifying crescendo of conspiracy theories" and described the former president as "determined to either overturn the voters' decision or else torch our institutions on the way out".
The Senate vote of 57-43 fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to convict Trump on a charge of incitement of insurrection after a five-day trial in the same building ransacked by his followers on January 6 shortly after they heard him deliver an incendiary speech.
The other six GOP senators who voted to convict Trump have now been labelled "RINO traitors" and are also being savagely attacked by supporters of the former POTUS. Numerous and fiercely loyal pro-Trump Republicans and more traditional Republicans who believe the former president is damaging the party's national appeal are struggling to decide the party's direction. Had McConnell voted to find Trump guilty, he has enough respect among his colleagues that many more of them may well have done the same. He turns 79 next Saturday and doesn't face reelection for nearly six years.
Several Republicans argued that the trial was unconstitutional, even though a majority of the Senate voted on Tuesday to proceed with the trial. In a written statement, he said Trump made unfounded claims about a fraud-riddled election "because he did not like the results".
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), the lead impeachment manager, claimed that "this uncontradicted statement" provided "further decisive evidence of [Trump's] intent to incite the insurrection". "I'm a trial lawyer and I represent people's interests in court".
Mr Trump welcomed the outcome and said: "Our historic, patriotic and handsome movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun".
Herrera Beutler said Trump rebuffed McCarthy's calls to put an end to the violence.
Sasse has long criticized Trump's authoritarian streak. Andrew Johnson was impeached and acquitted in 1868 in the aftermath of the American Civil War and Bill Clinton was impeached in 1998 and acquitted in 1999 of charges stemming from a sex scandal.