The Louisiana’s Republican Party executive committee voted unanimously on Saturday to censure Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy for his vote to convict Donald Trump in the Senate impeachment trial.
“Many Republicans believe this was a betrayal and required immediate action,” Republican Party executive committee Secretary Mike Bayham said after the censure vote.
Cassidy was one of seven Republican senators to join all 50 Democrats to find Trump guilty of the charge of inciting an insurrection. The Senate vote of 57-43 fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to convict.
“Our Constitution and our country is more important than any one person,” Cassidy said immediately after his vote to convict. “I voted to convict President Trump because he is guilty.”
“We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the vote today by Sen. Cassidy to convict former President Trump. Fortunately, clearer heads prevailed and President Trump has been acquitted of the impeachment charge filed against him,” the Louisiana Republican Party said after Cassidy’s vote.
It is the second time since the start of the trial that the Louisiana senator was being censured. A Republican Party committee in his home parish voted unanimously on Wednesday to censure him, after he sided with Democrats and five other Republicans to say the trial is constitutional.