Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy was moved to change his vote about the constitutionality of Donald Trump’s impeachment because the arguments House impeachment managers gave were “strong”.
Cassidy was one of 45 Republican senators who supported Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s motion to dismiss the trial as unconstitutional last month.
Speaking to reporters after his vote on Tuesday, which followed hours of debate in the Senate chamber Sen. Cassidy said:
“I’m trying to digest facts. And I thought the arguments they gave were strong arguments.”
Cassidy joins fellow GOP Sens. Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Ben Sasse and Pat Toomey, and all 50 Senate Democrats to vote that the trial is constitutional.
Sen. Cassidy’s vote is not a guarantee that he will ultimately vote to convict Trump on the merits of the case. 17 Republicans will need to join all 50 Democrats to successfully convict Donald Trump.